Women Film Pioneers


Katie Grant has called attention to a landmark project that is worth celebrating: the Women Film Pioneers Project developed at Columbia University. During the silent-era, women such as Mary MacLane (pictured above) were not just actresses, but made contributions to film history in other capacities. MacLane, for example, was also a source author for movie scripts and a screenwriter. For every Mary Pickford remembered there are many women forgotten who were producers, directors, scenario writers, scenario editors, camera operators, title writers, editors, costume designers, exhibitors, and theatre managers. The web site for the project may be accessed here.