Lost Visionaries of the Silent Screen: Highlights from the Women Film Pioneers Project
Officially launched online in 2013, the Women Film Pioneers Project has played an important role in the rediscovery of women’s work behind the camera during the silent era. With films by Gene Gauntier, Lois Weber, Cleo Madison, Lule Warrenton, Alice Guy Blaché, Olga Printzlau, Marion E. Wong, and Florence Turner, this program features highlights from the WFPP, bringing to light forgotten works written, directed, and produced by female film pioneers. Pianist David Drazin will accompany the screenings. A discussion with Kate Saccone, WFPP project manager, will follow the screening.
(120 min. program, 35mm and 16mm prints courtesy of Library of Congress and the Academy Film Archive)
Further Adventures of the Girl Spy (directed by Sidney Olcott, written by Gene Gauntier, 1910, 10 min., 35mm print from Library of Congress)
The Rosary (directed by Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley, written by Lois Weber, 1913, 10 min., 35mm print from Library of Congress)
Eleanor's Catch (directed by Cleo Madison, 1916, 15 min., 35mm print from Library of Congress)
A Fool and His Money (directed by Alice Guy Blaché, 1912, 10 min., 35mm print from Library of Congress)
When Little Lindy Sang (directed by Lule Warrenton, written by Olga Printzlau, 1916, 10 min., 35mm print from Library of Congress)
The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (directed by Marion E. Wong, 1916, 35 min., digital restoration from Academy Film Archive)
Daisy Doodad's Dial (directed by Florence Turner, 1914, 10 min., 35mm print from Library of Congress)
Curated by Aurore Spiers (CMS) as part of the Film Studies Center’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program.
Kate Saccone is the Project Manager of the Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP), edited by Jane Gaines (Columbia University). She holds a Master of Arts in Film Studies from Columbia University (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts in Screen Studies from Clark University (2011). In New York City, she has helped organize screenings devoted to the work of early female filmmakers at places like the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, and Columbia University.
Pianist and composer David Drazin is a music and motion picture archivist who has acquired a national reputation for his piano improvisations accompanying silent films. Mr. Drazin received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ohio State University. An accomplished performer, he moves easily from dramatic classical to lively jazz styles, boogie-woogie and blues, original novelty works and Harlem stride piano.