Women Pioneers in Filmmaking Shorts
STG Presents

Silent Movie Mondays: Women Pioneers in Filmmaking: Shorts (1906 - 1917)

Music by Donna Parker on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ
March 28, 2022 | The Paramount Theatre

Event Notes

Monday, March 28, 2022
Doors at 6:00 pm
Show at 7:00 pm

General Admission Seating
All Ages / Bar with I.D.

$10.00 (not including fees)

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STG Presents Silent Movie Mondays: Women Pioneers in Filmmaking: Shorts (1906 - 1917) at The Paramount Theatre on March 28, 2022.

Selected shorts in comedy, drama and adventure are all directed by female film pioneers during the time of Early Cinema.  French director Alice Guy-Blaché is considered the first woman to direct a feature film.  Other filmmakers include Grace Cunard, Mabel Normand and Marion E. Wong.

Considered the first woman film director in the world, Alice Guy-Blaché made her first film in France in 1896.  She directed and produced close to 600 silents.  In 1910 she started her own company, Solax, in the New York area.

THE DRUNKEN MATTRESS (1906/9 min) by Alice Guy-Blaché

—George Eastman House, DCP

Havoc ensues when a drunk is inadvertently sewn into a mattress with the director demonstrating originality in comedy.

FALLING LEAVES (1912/12 min) by Alice Guy-Blaché

—Kino Lorber, DCP

The story concerns a child’s earnest effort to keep her dying sister alive.

Renowned as the “Queen of the Serials,” Grace Cunard was as an actor, screenwriter and director in hundreds of films especially in Universal Studios’ popular adventure serials.

UNMASKED (1917/12 min) by Grace Cunard.  Placed on National Film Registry in 2014.

—George Eastman House, DCP

She co-directs and plays a young jewel thief in a tug-of-war over a priceless necklace with another thief.

Starring in hundreds of shorts and features for Mack Sennett’s Keystone Film Company, Mabel Normand was one of the earliest silent actors to function as her own director.

MABEL’S BLUNDER (1914/16 min) by Mabel Normand.  Placed on National Film Registry in 2014.

—Kino Lorber, DCP

Normand starred in and directed this gender-bending comedy of errors and mistaken identity.

Starting the Mandarin Film Company in Oakland, California, Marion E. Wong was not only President but also screenwriter, director, actor and costume designer.   

THE CURSE OF QUON GWON WHEN THE FAR EAST MINGLES WITH THE WEST (1917/35 min) by Marion E. Wong.  Placed on National Film Registry in 2006.

—Kino Lorber, DCP

The first feature with an all Chinese-American cast and company, this film offers an important counterpoint to racist depictions of Asian characters in other films of  the period and explores the western influence on traditional Chinese society.

To learn more about women filmmakers in the silent era, visit the Women Film Pioneers Project:  https://wfpp.columbia.edu

Total run time for feature: 84 minutes. Format: DCP.

Pre-film introduction & CineClub post-film discussion by Jennifer M. Bean, Robert Jolin Osborne Associate Professor of Cinema and Media, University of Washington, and Editor-in-Chief, Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal.  She will be joined by Ellison Shieh, Festival Co-Director and Head of Programming for Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

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