Still from Ocean Waif
Doris Kenyon stars in The Ocean Waif directed by Alice Guy Blaché

BAM will be showing a series of films by early women filmmakers. On Saturday, July 21st, Alice Guy films will be shown, including

  • The Ocean Waif,
  • Algie the Miner,
  • The Little Rangers,
  • A Fool and His Money,
  • Matrimony's Speed Limit.

Here is the program description:

In the Wild West days of early filmmaking—before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club—talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Bringing together dozens of essential new restorations, this series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers and restores their centrality to the creation of cinema itself.