Announcement: The Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon in March!

THE BLOGATHON IS HERE! Click here for the roster and all the links.

After a hiatus from blogathon hosting, I am back and rarin’ to go! I was thrilled and honored when Flicker Alley invited me to host an event in celebration of their new Early Women Filmmakers box set (it will be released May 9, 2017) and I’m sure you’ll be just as excited.

Today, women direct under 10% of all films released and entertainment writers act as though women with megaphones are a modern phenomenon. Hold your horses! Alice Guy was not just one of the first women to direct, she was one of the first directors, period. Mabel Normand taught Charlie Chaplin a few tricks. Lois Weber was diving into social issues in film before Angelina Jolie’s grandmother was born. Women have always been directors, whether the men liked it or not.

In Charlie Chaplin’s case, not.

It’s time to give these talented women directors their moment in the sun and the Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon aims to do just that. This is a topic that is dear to my heart and I am just tickled pink to be hosting!

When: March 27, 28 & 29, 2017 (March is Women’s History Month!)

Where: Right here!

Rules: This event focuses on women directors of early, silent and classic film. Review any movie directed or co-directed by a woman made in or before 1970 -or- write about any woman movie director whose first IMDB directing credit is in or before 1970. No exact duplicates, please. No reprints.

How to join: Leave a comment or contact me on social media with your choice and the address of your website. I’ll add you to the roster and we’re off to the races! To spread the word about the event, please display one of the banners (find them below) in your blog’s sidebar. (And don’t be shy, fellas, you’re welcome at the event too.)

If you want to be especially wonderful, please consider linking back to Flicker Alley’s page for the Early Women Filmmakers set and/or including an image of the cover art. (Remember, Flicker Alley will be promoting the event and its participants.)

“Can I post a little early?”

Yes! Just be sure to send over a link to your piece and I will add it to the event post.

“My director of choice has been claimed! Help!”

Never fear, you can still write about your favorite. If someone else has claimed their overall career, write about one of their films or their great accomplishments or how they are important to you personally. Thinking outside the box is enthusiastically encouraged.

“Do I have to stick to Hollywood?”

No! Flicker Alley’s collection is international and this event should be just as varied. Spotlight women filmmakers from anywhere in the world.

“I’m new to blogging, can I still sign up?”

Most certainly! Blogathons are especially great for newcomers as they will give you gobs of exposure and introduce you to other bloggers and readers.

Do you still have questions? Ask away!

Chances are someone else is wondering the same thing.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Reprints by Flicker Alley

Flicker Alley has a devoted following among cinephiles, enjoys an excellent reputation thanks to their high-quality releases and lending their name to the event adds to its prestige. Plus, they will be promoting the blogathon on their various social media accounts.

As if that wasn’t enough, Flicker Alley will be reading your posts and will be selecting their favorites for reprint on their website, either in whole or in part. This will be done with your permission only and you will retain the copyright to your work. They will link back to your blog so this is a great way for your site to get exposure. Here is an example of how these reprints will work.

What do you need to do to qualify? Simply write about one of the fourteen women directors featured in the Early Women Filmmakers box set. You can cover their life in career, their style or review any of their films. Here’s a handy list for your reference: (And I bolded unclaimed talents for easy reference. They’re going fast!)

  • 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
  • Maya Deren

Obviously, some of these filmmakers are more famous than others but if you go off the beaten path and write about a less well-known talent or one that no one has claimed yet, it will increase your chances of being reprinted. (Remember, you can cover any 1970-and-before woman filmmaker, this list is just in case you wish to qualify for reprint.)

Roster

The participants and their topics. I’ll update as more bloggers sign on.

And I’ll do it while wearing this hat.

Movies Silently | The Nose (1963, co-directed by Claire Parker) and La Souriante Madame Beudet (1923, directed by Germaine Dulac)

Moon in Gemini | The Hitch-Hiker (1953, directed by Ida Lupino)

Cinematic Scribblings | Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962, directed by Agnès Varda) and Wings (1966, directed by Larisa Shepitko)

Silver Screenings | Triumph of the Will (1935, directed by Leni Riefenstahl)

Hear Me Talk of Sin | The Films of Maya Deren

Big V Riot Squad | The Life and Career of Dorothy Davenport

Caftan Woman | Merrily We Go to Hell (1932, directed by Dorothy Arzner)

Peyton’s Classics | The Films of Mabel Normand

Film Ruminations | The Peasant Women of Ryazan (1927, directed by Olga Preobrazhenskaia)

Crítica Retrô  | Gilda de Abreu

Skalpell und Katzenklaue | Lotte Reiniger

Prince of Hollywood | Mabel at the Wheel (1914, directed by Mabel Normand)

Sister Celluloid | Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward

Cinema Gadfly | Le bonheur (1965, directed by Agnès Varda)

Bible Films Blog | La naissance, la vie et la mort du Christ (1906, directed by Alice Guy)

Once Upon a Screen | The Wild Party (1926, directed by Dorothy Arzner)

The Stop Button | The Blot (1921, directed by Lois Weber)

The Motion Pictures | The Bride Wore Red (1937, directed by Dorothy Arzner) and The Career of Muriel Box.

The Century Film Project | The Career of Alice Guy

An Ode to Dust | The Career of Wanda Jakubowska

Girls Do Film | Daisies (1966, directed by Věra Chytilová)

Old Hollywood Films | Dance, Girl, Dance (1940, directed by Dorothy Arzner)

The Movie Rat | The Career of Germaine Dulac

Silver Scenes | Mädchen in Uniform (1931, directed by Leontine Sagan) and The Trouble with Angels (1966, directed by Ida Lupino)

Realweegiemidget Reviews | Ida Lupino’s Television Work

The Last Drive In | The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926, directed by Lotte Reiniger)

The Wonderful World of Cinema | The Bigamist (1953, directed by Ida Lupino)

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82 Replies to “Announcement: The Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon in March!”

  1. Hello, I would be happy to write about The Peasant Women of Ryazan by Olga Preobrazhenskaia. My site is filmruminations.com

  2. Oh, what a thrill! I want to write about Gilda de Abreu, French-born pioneer who directed a Brazilian box office hit… in 1946!
    Kisses!
    Le

  3. I’d love to write about Mabel Normand’s Mabel at the Wheel if that’s still a possibility! If not, I will write about her life and career. Looks like a great blogathon!

  4. Thank you so much for the invite, Fritzi! I know this is out of left field — what else is new with me? — but I would love to write about the love story between Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward, who also influenced her as a filmmaker (with his raw, hard-hitting WWII documentary). It’s not exclusively about Ida, but it’s a part of her life that’s less well known. If that’s off the mark, just let me know and I’ll think of something else.

    Warmest wishes, as always,

    Janet

  5. Hi Fritzi,

    Been wanting to watch Arner’s THE WILD PARTY (1929) and this seems the perfect excuse. Sign me up if that fits the bill.

    Aurora

    Once Upon a Screen
    @CitizenScreen

  6. Great to see! I reviewed a whole bunch of Alice Guy-Blache’s movies last year, but haven’t written an over-arching piece on her career as yet. I’d like to do that, if it’s an option.

  7. Oh, I wrote a piece on Germaine Dulac’s career that I wish I could’ve used for this blogathon! But I think I’d like to give myself a challenge and try writing about Wanda Jakubowska’s career.

    1. Hi there! Yes, there are plenty of unexplored topics. If the overall career of your director of choice is taken, you can always review an individual film or write about a particular aspect of the their life and work.

  8. I would GLADLY write about all of these women – but I do not have a blog. If I could write a piece and email it to you, would it be okay? (Please don’t be cross, I would DEARLY love to be part of this, so I am throwing ideas out there:)
    Anyway, this is an amazing venture. Good luck:)

    1. Hi there! Unfortunately, I cannot publish another author’s work here due to copyright issues but the good news is that you can set up a free blog on WordPress.com, Blogger.com or Medium.com in just minutes.

  9. Hi,
    On of the things I have been working on has been on the subject of Cameramen of the silent era. In the course of my research, I have come up with a group of Camerawomen who also were active during that period. Would you be interested in a piece on early camerawomen. I would gladly sign up for that.

  10. I see you took up, a Dulac film. Is it OK for me to do more of an overview as I just saw three of her shorts for the first time. If not, I do have a Lois Weber feature in mind as a backup. Let me know. Thanks!

  11. I was on Flicker Alley’s website last night and I saw this upcoming release and thought “what a great idea for a set!”…..now, I’m thinking “what a great idea for a blogathon!”. Could you put me down for the German classic “Maedchen in Uniform” ( 1931 ) directed by Leontine Sagan? I may post early, but I’ll be sure to send the link in on time. ( Constance from Silver Scenes )

  12. I just realized that nobody snagged “The Trouble with Angels” ( Ida Lupino ) yet. I’ve been wanting to write about the film for years, so if two reviews are permitted, can you put me down for this topic in addition to Maedchen in Uniform? – Constance

  13. Well, I can’t commit to it just yet, because March has already been a mess. Being without my laptop for two weeks before the month started, got a horrible flu soon after (I’m just about getting back to human now…) and I’m supposed to be doing the Irish Reading Month and writing my AtoZ Challenge… so yeah…
    But if I find any moment at all to stick a post for the blogathon in, I’ll let you know. I’d love to take part.
    Let’s see 😉

  14. Hi there: I would like to blog about Vancouver & Toronto filmmaker/film enthusiast Dorothy Burritt (1910-1963), whose “Suite Two: A Memo to Oscar” (1947, made with Stanley Fox) won honourable mention in the amateur category at the first Canadian Film Awards in 1949. I have an existing blog post at http://staff.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/2017/01/03/portraits-of-a-lady-dorothy-burritt-vancouver-1947/, but I will write something new covers all her extant films. Cheers, Dennis

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