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.
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.
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.)
The participants and their topics. I’ll update as more bloggers sign on.
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)
Snag one of these swell banners and display it with pride!