To commemorate Women’s History Month, we thought we’d share some of the fantastic contributions women make to the art of filmmaking!

Let’s start with the title of this blog post – I stole it completely from a great media arts organization that distributes cutting-edge films by and about women from around the world. You guessed it! It’s called Women Make Movies. Check out their complete catalog of films to see the breadth and diversity of the films they distribute. And, if you want to view some right away, look at our library holdings. It’s great stuff!

So, you know Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber, right? Sure you do – they’re among the pioneers of early film (of either gender) that broke ground for all filmmakers. If you want to refresh your memory, watch this film about their remarkable careers (it’s in VHS format, so feel free to view it at the Library AV Center where we have VHS equipment at the ready). We also have books about Guy-Blaché and Weber, and much more information generally about women in the film industry. It’s a rich and often-overlooked history.

Who are some other female filmmakers of note? These are just some of my favorites, from the obscure to the very mainstream. Have fun!

Want to explore more about women in the film industry? In addition to all the material linked to above, take a look at this book (yes, BOOK): Women Directors and their Films. That will surely give you lots of great ideas.

Find even more information via the tools on the Film & Media Studies Research Guide!

2 thoughts on “Women Make Movies!

  1. Thanks, Rich! And, here are some library materials that mention Ms. Schoonmaker. And, I think a number of the books that come up in some of the library catalog searches in my post feature the impact of women in the 20s, 30s, and 40s!

  2. May I add Thelma Schoonmaker who edited all of Martin Scorsese’s films? Without her, his masterpieces would not have been masterpieces. There were also a legion of unheralded women who edited films during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

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