‘Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers’ starts Sunday, Nov. 11

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So who is Alice Guy-Blaché? She is among the first people anywhere to make a narrative film. From 1896 to 1906, she was probably the only female filmmaker in the world. She worked her way up to leading one of the first studios, Gaumont, and later founded her own production company, Solax.

It is only fitting that Guy-Blaché is featured first in the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series, a collection of newly-restored and mostly unknown silent films by pioneering women in the industry. These are women who essentially created cinema, and who are now largely forgotten.
As the series continues, we’ll shine the spotlight on the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of female filmmakers with a different program of new restorations with live music or newly composed and recorded scores will screen twice each week for the next four weeks. Among the other women featured are Mabel Normand, Lois Weber, Grace Cunard, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ida May Park.
Cinema Detroit Crew members get discounted tickets to the Pioneers series, and many other benefits besides. For more info, or to become a member, click here.
Not rated | Running time 1hr 16min | Comedy, drama
Click showtimes to purchase tickets.
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5:00 p.m. – With live accompaniment by John Lauter
Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 – With newly composed and recorded scores
Upcoming screenings in the series are below, or visit the Pioneers page here.
Note time and date changes Thanksgiving week.
Click showtimes to purchase tickets.
Not rated | Running time 1hr 08min | Comedy
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5:00 – With newly composed and recorded scores
Friday, November 23 at 5:00 – With live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis
Not rated | Running time 1hr 40min | Drama, suspense
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5:00 – With live accompaniment by John Lauter
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 – With newly composed and recorded scores
Not rated | Running time 2hr 04min | Action, comedy, drama, documentary
Sunday, Dec. 02 at 5:00 – With live accompaniment by John Lauter
Thursday, Dec. 06 at 7:00 – With newly composed and recorded scores
Shoutout to our sponsors for their support of the Pioneers series: Detroit Shetown Film Festival, Final Girls, and Oakland University Cinema Studies Program.

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