Friday, January 18, 2019

PINK-SLIPPED: WHAT HAPPENED TO WOMEN IN THE SILENT FILM INDUSTRY

Pink-Slipped Lecture. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
January 17, 2019. The Film Scholars Lecture Series took place at the Academy with "Pink Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries" at the Linwood Dunn Theater in the heart of Hollywood, California.
Pink-Slipped Program. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
In the lecture, we saw some magnificent short films of groundbreaking female filmmakers during the silent film era and questions why that representation faded over the century.

Professor Gaines discussed some magnificent silent shorts, including
Camille. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
The Girl Spy before Vicksburg (1910),
The New Love and the Old (1912),
The Diver (1913),
The Roads That Should Lead Home (1913),
Fedora (1916).
Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
 Jane M. Gaines. Academy Film Scholar. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA

Jane M. Gaines is a professor of film at Columbia University and Professor Emerita of Literature and English at Duke University. 
Pink-Slipped Book by Jane M. Gaines. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
The title of some of her books: “Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law” and “Fire and Desire: Mixed-Race Movies in the Silent Era.

She is the recipient of an Academy Film Scholars' grant for “Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?”
 
I firmly believe that the professor’s studies should include a section about the production of films by women in other countries. 
Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
We still need to know why in other countries the gender gap is not so notorious as it is in Hollywood. France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina have a significant number of compelling women directors... while in the United States they have to work harder to get represented in the white-male-dominated film industry.
Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Academy Reception. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Academy Reception. Photo Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA

Film critic Jose Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA


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