Ms. Magazine has started a blog series on early women filmmakers. First up, of course, is a blog on Alice Guy, by Kitty Lindsay.
Lindsay starts out by setting the terms for the blog series:
Spielberg. Scorsese. Tarantino. Lucas. Hitchcock.
When we think of filmmakers, we often think of men. It’s not surprising, considering a recent study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found women account for only 16 percent of directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers working on the top films.
But the film industry wasn’t always male-dominated. In the early days of film, women furthered the advancement of the then-new art form (and later, the industry), contributing generously to behind-the-scenes fields such as directing, screenwriting and editing, and innovating visual narrative techniques filmmakers still use today.
Lindsay has also posted a blog on Marion Wong, the first Chinese-American film director.