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From July 20 – July 26, New York City’s BAMcinématek presents “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers,” a new program in collaboration with Kino Lorber and The Library of Congress. Produced for Kino Lorber by Bret Wood and curated by historian Shelley Stamp, the series includes a number of brand-new 2K restorations of classic (and often forgotten) films, focused on female directors from America’s rich silent-era in cinema.
As the series’ official synopsis notes, “as was frequently the case, women directors remained uncredited or were co-credited as director, even though for all intents and purposes, they were the de-facto directors and primary creative forces of the film.”
For every Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber, there was a Ruth Ann Baldwin or an Ida May Park or a Mabel Normand, and that’s just the start of the rich history of women behind the camera.
“Women played an extraordinary role in early filmmaking, but this history has been largely forgotten,” said series curator Stamp in an official statement. “I’m so thrilled that these films have been restored and re-scored so that contemporary audiences will have a chance to see what female filmmakers were up to 100 years ago.”
You can meet nine of them right now. Head over to BAM’s official page for the full series schedule and to purchase tickets.