The Women Film Pioneers Project invites scholars working on women
filmmakers of the silent era to two upcoming organizational meetings:
1) San Diego, Monday, April 6, 8-9am. Breakfast meeting at the SCS
conference, Hyatt Hotel, La Jolla, Room Portofino B. (Continental
breakfast a la carte.)
2) New York, Saturday, April 18, 12:30-1:30 pm. Lunch meeting at the
American Museum of the Moving Image, preceding the 2pm screening of
Dorothy Davenport's *Linda*. (You must RSVP by April 8 to reserve a
The Women Film Pioneers Project was begun in 1994 as a collaborative effort to
international research on the achievements and history of women filmmakers from
years through the coming of sound. Involving film scholars, archivists,
distributors, and exhibitors, the Women Film Pioneers Project is dedicated to
preservation, and public exhibition of the work of early women filmmakers.
The Women Film Pioneers Project is based at Duke University, where it is chaired
Jane Gaines and coordinated by graduate assistant Jennifer Parchesky. The
Project is directed by
a national steering commitee and supported by the Duke Program in Film and Video
contributions from Kristin Bishop MacDermott, the Lucille S. Thompson Family
and other contributors.
At present, our focus is on international women directors prior to 1927. We are
our efforts to include some of the women who developed significant bodies of
screenwriters, producers, or actors during the silent era, as well as the
efforts of women who
pioneered new developments or national cinemas in the early sound era.
Recognizing that films
once lost, forgotten, or misattributed are constantly being rediscovered and
welcome information about other filmmakers whose work should be included in the
To facilitate research on the work of women film pioneers by collecting and
information about archival resources, current scholarship, and funding
To encourage collaboration among scholars by providing forums for
discussion and a
clearinghouse for information.
To advance knowledge about the important contributions of women in film
through exhibitions, presentations, and publications.
To support preservation efforts by working with the Women's Film
and by identifying films in need of preservation and restoration.
To increase public access to the films of women pioneers by assisting
exhibitors in locating circulating prints and working with distributors
such as Women
Make Movies and the MOMA Circulating Library to make more prints available.
Exhibition: We are co-sponsoring the Women Film Pioneers retrospective and
series at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, April 11-26,
Filmography, Archival Holdings, and Exhibitor's Guide: a massive list of
works of women film pioneers, including information about prints available
circulating collections, and on video.
Bibliography of articles, books, and documentaries about women film
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For more information or to get involved with the Women Film Pioneers Project,
Jennifer Parchesky, Coordinator
Women Film Pioneers Project
Film and Video Program
Durham, NC 27708-0671
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