Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Part of Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series.
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. Bringing together dozens of essential new restorations, this series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers and restores their centrality to the creation of cinema itself.
A double bill!
THE CURSE OF QUON GWON: WHEN THE FAR EAST MINGLES WITH THE WEST
Directed by Marion E. Wong / 1916 / 36 min.
Recorded music by Chris Tsambis
Produced and directed by one-time filmmaker Marion E. Wong, the very first Chinese-American feature – of which two tantalizing reels survive deals with assimilation via the story of an ancient curse that strikes a Chinese-American family as its members become increasingly westernized.
MOTHERHOOD: LIFE’S GREATEST MIRACLE
Directed by Lita Lawrence / 1925 / 60 min.
Recorded music by Meg Morley
This daring look at abortion and birth control is the only known film from Lita Lawrence, an artist about who very little is known.