Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Part of Pioneers: First Female 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 FOOL AND HIS MONEY
Directed by Alice Guy Blache / 1912 / 12 min.
The oldest known film to feature an all-African American cast, this comic short is a vital historical record of the African-American image on celluloid.
MATRIMONY’S SPEED LIMIT
Directed by Alice Guy Blache / 1915 / 14 min.
A young man has 12 minutes to marry if he hopes to inherit a fortune in this antic farce, which “comically meditates upon the gendered, class, and racial fantasies, and anxieties of early twentieth American culture.” (author Margaret Hennfeld).
THE OCEAN WAIF
Directed by Alice Guy Blache / 1916 / 40 min.
A touching, beautifully crafted melodrama about a young woman (a striking performance from silent star Doris Kenyon) who falls in love with a writer while attempting to escape her abusive stepfather.