Arts

Restored Collection Of Silent Film Archives Highlights The ‘First Women Filmmakers’

Female film pioneer, Weber Lois is surrounded by a male crew on the set of one of her films.
Female film pioneer, Weber Lois is surrounded by a male crew on the set of one of her films.
Credit Bret Wood/Kino Lorber

In the early 1900s women directors and screenwriters made films of all genres: drama, action, art and social commentary.

Their films touched on complex social issues such as sexual harassment,  racism, and gender and class inequities.

Film pioneer, Lois Weber compared her films to a newspaper editorial page or a Sunday sermon.

After World War I, the film industry became a lucrative business from which women were excluded and essentially forgotten.

Today we remember these visionaries of the 20th century.

Bret Wood is an Atlanta-based film and podcast director, author and vice president and producer of archival restorations for Kino Lorber.

He sat down with Lois to discuss their new 28 hour collection of silent films called “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.”

This is Nell Shipman, a Canadian actress, author and screenwriter, producer, director, and animal trainer. She was a Canadian pioneer in early Hollywood. Credit: Bret Wood/Kino Lorber