In the early years of motion pictures – from the 1890s to the 1930s – women were major players behind the scenes on movie sets in Hollywood and around the world. Here are a few who made their mark back in the day.
Visionary French director Alice Guy-Blaché is credited as the first woman director with her 1896 film La Fée aux Choux, the story of a woman who cannot have children so she creates some in a cabbage patch. More than 700 films made in France and the U.S. followed, from melodramas to gangster films, horror films to fairy tales. See a collection of her films on the dvd Gaumont Treasures.
The global viewing party Directed by Women is underway, and Seattle Public Library is part of it! Join the global party this September, as people across the United States and around the world in United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, India, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Canada and Australia celebrate women directors and their works.
We are participating in Directed By Women, a global celebration of women directors and their works this month. Here is the full schedule of our Directed by Women Film Series. For more contemporary international women directors, check out these films for a trip around the world!
This September, Seattle Public Library will be joining in a global celebration of women directors witha series of free film screenings around the city. A US News and World Reports study estimated that women made up only 7% of Hollywood directors in 2014, but in Seattle the industry is dominated by women who have broken through the celluloid ceiling. These directors often work collaboratively on their films, and the following is only a shortlist of the directors making movies in the Northwest.
Seattle Women in Film is a collection of the best short films by 21 Seattle women filmmakers in the indie film scene.