Women Film Pioneers Project Phase I is live!

The Women Film Pioneers Project, an database that includes "careergrophies" for numerous early women filmmakers from all over the world, is now live.

At least the first part (Phase I) covering the Unites States, and Latin America.

Phase II will include Australia, Canada, and much of Europe.

That means that there are two pages on Alice Guy, both written by yours truly. The page on the American half of her career is here.

This is a project that first germinated in 2001. We've been waiting for it for a long time! So take a look. These pages are informative and inspiring.

Here is a description from their About page:


Women Film Pioneers Project Phase I: The United States and Latin America

More women worked at all levels inside and outside the Hollywood film industry in the first two decades than at any time since.1 The high incidence of women workers, however,  was not limited to the U.S. It was a global phenomenon. In Latin America women were also instrumental in the struggle to start national film industries in six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru.

While this first phase places together the Americas, the U.S. in the North and Latin America in the South, the next phases will open up the study of women in other national silent era cinemas: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary,  India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey,  The United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Yugoslavia.

Phase II Preview: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy,  the Netherlands, Norway,  and the United Kingdom.

Goals: To jump start historical research on the work of women filmmakers from the early years of cinema, ending with the coming of sound;  to facilitate a cross-nation  connection between  researchers; to reconfigure  world film knowledge by foregrounding an undocumented phenomenon: these women worked in many capacities.