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CONTEST: Win Early Women Filmmakers on Blu-ray!

Did you know that more women worked in the film industry during its first two decades than at any time since? Or that a woman created some of the first narrative films ever made? Or that in 1916, the highest-paid director in Hollywood was a woman?

Despite their incredible achievements, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. On May 9th, Flicker Alley presents Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology on Dual-Format Edition Blu-ray/DVD, showcasing the work of 14 of early cinema’s most innovative and influential women directors, re-writing and celebrating their rightful place in film history.

Read on for a chance to win a copy!

International in scope, this groundbreaking collection features over 10 hours of material, comprised of25 films spanning 1902-1943, including many rare titles not widely available until now, from shorts to feature films, live-action to animation, commercial narratives toexperimental works. Directors include Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Marie-Louise Iribe, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Ellen Bute, Dorothy Arzner, and Maya Deren. These women were technically and stylistically innovative, pushing the boundaries ofnarrative, aesthetics, and genre. Going back to the beginning of cinema, this collection makes visible the tremendous directorial contributions women made all around the world. Beautifully restored in high definition, Early Women Filmmakers features new scores bySergei Dreznin, Frederick Hodges, Tamar Muskal, Judith Rosenberg, and Rodney Sauer and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Booklet Essay:By film scholar and Women Film Pioneers Project Manager Kate Saccone.
  • Audio Commentary: For Lois Weber’s The Blot by author, professor, and expert on women and early film culture Shelley Stamp, courtesy of Milestone Film and Video.

For a complete list of films included on the set, please visit Flicker Alley,


One lucky winner will receive a copy of Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology on Dual-Format Edition Blu-ray/DVD from Flicker Alley! Just drop me a comment below with your thoughts on the set and fill out the entry form above! Giveaway is open to residents of U.S./Canada and ends on May 22, 2017.

Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

21 thoughts on “CONTEST: Win Early Women Filmmakers on Blu-ray! Leave a comment

  1. What an amazing set! I’m about to receive my BS in TV and Film Critical Studies, and my primary complaint about the curriculum was that the male teachers rarely included works by women. LET’S EDUCATE THE WORLD.

  2. So glad you’re promoting this awesome-looking collection. I’ve recently begun to study early women filmmakers, from Lois Weber and Nell Shipman to Marion Wong.

  3. This set brings together an amazing collection of films and highlights such an important part of film history. It’s great to see the renewed interest in the work of these pioneering women.

  4. I would absolutely love to see this! I think it’s incredible how in this day and age we are struggling to have major recognition of female filmmakers (although we are getting there, just not fast enough), yet when you look at the incredible things women did in the first two decades of filmmaking, it feels as though we have gone backwards.
    (I am in Australia, but go between here and the USA so I have a US address I can get this sent to if I win! That sounds terrible making an assumption like that, but I didn’t want you to see I wasn’t in North America and get disqualified!)

  5. This looks really interesting. I’ll have to buy it if I don’t win one. I’m always interested in early movie history and being about women just makes this better.

  6. This anthology looks so good! I am happy it exists. I teach high school film, and I have started trying to combat the historical erasure of early female film pioneers in my class. I currently use films from three of the artist included in this set: Alice Guy Blache, Lotte Reiniger, and Leni Riefenstahl. None of these three get the credit for the ground they broke. I think Guy Blache should be credited as making some of the first narrative films. Lotte Reiniger made the first full length animated film. Leni Riefenstahl’s mixture of crowds and individuals is genius (though for a horrible cause!). I have not seen the films of any of the other filmmakers included in this set, so I would love this release. This collection would seriously up the early female filmmakers I am able to fully present in my classroom!

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