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Women Filmmakers 1896-Present. Silent Filmmakers 1. Alice Guy-Blache: Made first narrative film, La Fee Aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) in 1896 Made more.

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1 Women Filmmakers 1896-Present

2 Silent Filmmakers 1. Alice Guy-Blache: Made first narrative film, La Fee Aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) in 1896 Made more than 700 films in France and U.S.

3 Silent Filmmakers, cont. 2. Lois Weber: One of most successful film directors Films driven by her own morality The Hypocrites:

4 Silent Filmmakers, cont. 3. Lotte Reiniger: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) was the first animated feature in 1926 Meeting Aladdin excerpt:http://youtu.be/j0NjcykUVM8http://youtu.be/j0NjcykUVM8

5 Silent Film, Cont. 4. Women Screenwriters sought, as well: Frances Marion, Anita Loos, and June Mathis June Mathis=first female executive in Hollywood

6 Classic Hollywood-(1930s- 1950s) Hays Code limited unconventional women Conventional filmmakers who made money were mot successful Dorothy Arzner: conventional filmmaker with a feminist bent from 1937 The Bride Wore Red forward. See Dance Girl Dance (1940):

7 Late Classic Era: Ida Lupino Outrage (1950): First Holywood feature directed by a woman after Dorothy Arzner’s film--” A young woman who has just become engaged has her life completely shattered when she is raped while on her way home from work. ” The Hitchhiker (1953): First film noir directed by a woman--selected for preservation in U.S. National Film Registry.http://youtu.be/lMoox8_pUlAhttp://youtu.be/lMoox8_pUlA

8 Women Filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s Shirley Clarke: Leading figure of the American film scene in NYC The Connection explores heroin addicts’ lives: Agnes Varda: moved from fictional to documentary narrative films from Cleo from 5-7 (1961) till The Beaches of Agnes (2008) "They called me 'The Ancestor of the New Wave' when I was only 30. I had seen very few films, which, in a way, gave me both the naivety and the daring to do what I did."

9 American Women Filmmakers of the 1970s Elaine May: Directed first Hollywood feature after Lupino’s The Trouble with Angels (1966) The Heartbreak Kid (1972) Barbara Kopple: Academy Award Winner for best documentary feature--selected for preservation in U.S. National Film Registry Harlan County, USA (1976): Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich: Killing Us Softly (1979)

10 Women Filmmakers of the 1980s Connie Field, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980) Amy Heckerling, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) (Also Clueless) Susan Seidelman, Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Agnes Varda, Vagabond (1985) Randa Haines, Children of a Lesser God (1986) Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark (1987) I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (Patricia Rozene, 1987) Penny Marshall, Big (1988). Mira Nair, Salaam Bombay! (1988)

11 African American Filmmakers, 1990s Julie Dash, Daughters of the Dust (1991) Kasi Lemmons, Eve’s Bayou (1995) Cheryl Dunye, The Watermelon Woman (1996)

12 More 1990s’ Women Filmmakers Jane Campion: An Angel at My Table (1990), The Piano (1994), etc. Barbara Streisand: Yentl (1983), The Prince of Tides (1991), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) Sally Potter: Orlando (1992) Gurinder Chadha: Bhaji on the Beach (1993) Nora Ephron: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Deepa Mehta, Fire (1996) Kimberly Pierce, Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

13 21st C. Women Filmmakers Mary Harron, American Psycho (2000) Shirley Cheechoo, Bearwalker (2000) The Swamp (Argentina, Lucrecia Martel, 2001) Julie Taymor, Frida (2002), Across the Universe (2007) Niki Caro, Whale Rider (2003), North Country (2005) Patty Jenkins, Monster (2003) Catherine Hardwicke: Thirteen (2003), Twilight, Lords of Dogtown (2005), Twilight (2008), Red Riding Hood (2011) Away from Her (Sarah Polley, 2006) Kathryn Bigelow, Hurt Locker (2008)--academy award winning director Gina Prince-Blythewood: The Secret Life of Bees (2008).

14 21st Century Indy Women Filmmakers Courtney Hunt: Frozen River (2008) Claudia Llosa: The Milk of Sorrow (2009) Sophie Barthes: Cold Souls (2009) Lisa Cholodenko: The Kids Are Alright (2010) Sofia Coppola: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2004), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010)


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