Women Film Pioneers Project: Ready for More Than a Close-Up

Alice Guy-Blaché on the set of  My Madonna  (Solax, 1915).Before there was Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, an upcoming documentary about the first female filmmaker and her suspicious erasure from early film history, there was the Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP). Since WFPP has been 20 years and countless contributors in the making, this is no upset. The Columbia University Libraries recently launched this online anthology of essays on women in the early days of the film industry. The site houses overview essays to give context to the jobs women performed in early cinema — from editors to “cranks” to colorists — and several essays on […]

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