** This screening is exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema members and Scarecrow Video members. **
In the Wild West days of early filmmaking before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys club talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Scarecrow Video and The Grand Illusion present this exclusive members screening of the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers with a selection of short films from Kino-Lorber's Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers box set.
"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote."
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times