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The Silent Era
Part of the Series: Reel Herstory
The first director to tell a narrative story on the screen was a woman. The highest paid director in the silent days was a woman. More than half of screenwriters in the silent days were women. Before 1920, more women…
Editors on Editing
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
Film editing initially began as a woman's art in France. As veteran film editor, Dede Allen, tell it, "They thought that women were good at little details, like sewing." Before editing became a craft, women were the earliest technicians. Today,…
The Flowering of the Crone: Leonora Carrington, Another Reality
"I am armed with madness for a long voyage," states British born, prolific painter, sculptor, writer and visionary Leonora Carrington. Perhaps the last surviving artist of the original Surrealist artist movement, as well as the famously former lover of Max…
Screenwriters on Screenwriting
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
This documentary premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Explore the challenging world of the screenwriter with renowned industry writers.
Contemporary Reel Women
Part of the Series: Reel Herstory
For forty years the doors of studio filmmaking were closed to women. But the coming of the women's movement in the late 1960's changed everything. This is the story of the second'wave of Reel Women who, like their early foremothers,…
Producers on Producing
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
Who should direct the film? Who should write it? Who should edit the final product? With major Hollywood studios, these questions lie within the producer's domain. Marcia Nasatir was the first female VP of a major studio. Sherry Lansing was…
Foreign Reel Women
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
Non-US directors speak about the idiosyncrasies of filmmaking in their respective countries. Because of the difficulty of financing, very few American film directors establish a body of work. For American women directors, the problem is two-fold. But in Europe, Canada,…
Pioneers of the Cinema - The Herstory
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
There were more women working in influential positions behind the scenes in film before 1920 than at any other time in history. Filmmaker, author, nationwide lecturer Ally Acker, takes us on an archival journey of the pioneering female filmmakers who…
Early Directors on Directing
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
There were more women directors before 1920 than at any other time in history. The first director to put a narrative story on celluloid was, Alice Guy Blache in 1896. Few people know that Lillian Gish became a director in…
The Talkies
Part of the Series: Reel Herstory
The emergence of SOUND never allowed women to move from silents to speech. By the mid-1920's film suddenly became big business. And with big business came the unions, which refused membership to women. Only a few rose to positions of…
Directors on Directing (Part 1)
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
This documentary features the most gifted young directors of the 80's and 90's, revealing the secrets of their success in their craft. Includes interview material with Barbra Streisand.
Actresses Turned Producer/Director
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
From Mary Pickford to Barbra Streisand the successful actress turned producer/director is one of Hollywood's longest standing traditions. Includes interview materials with Barbra Streisand.
The Producer/Director Relationship
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
The Producer and the Director must function like two hands of the same heart. These two rare interviews take us from the beginning to the end of one movie, "A Dry White Season." Features: award-winning Martinique director, Euzhan Palcy, and…
Filmmakers on Film - Pioneering Women in Film Collection
A 10-Part Series on Pioneering Women in Film Award winning series that premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. This Series Includes: Screenwriters on Screenwriting : Explore the challenging world of the screenwriter with renowned industry writers. Features: Jay…
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Directors on Directing (Part 2)
Part of the Series: Filmmakers on Film
This documentary features the most gifted young directors of the 80's and 90's, revealing the secrets of their success in their craft. Includes interview material with Barbra Streisand.
Reel Herstory - The REAL Story of Reel Women with Jodie Foster
Based on the groundbreaking edition, Reel Women: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, by Ally Acker, JODIE FOSTER takes us on a sweeping journey that looks at the remarkable achievements of female filmmakers from 1896 into the 21st century who transformed the…
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