Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers

This event took place on Sep 30, 2018

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member


This selection of short films from Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress’ Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series rounds out the month of #DirectedByWomen programming at Northwest Film Forum. Distributed for the first time in 2K and 4K restorations, Pioneers showcases silent-era films that feature major creative contributions by women. The program includes the short A Fool and His Money (1912) by trailblazer Alice Guy Blaché, which is the oldest known film to feature an all-black cast; Suspense (1913) by Lois Weber, with the first use of split-screen; Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day (1916) by Mabel Normand, one of the greatest comedians and slapstick artists of her time; and Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916) the earliest known feature by a Chinese-American director.

Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day

(Mabel Normand, 1916, 13 min)
A day of washing turns into a meet-cute between Mabel and Fatty, but their day doesn’t exactly turn out the way you might expect.

A Fool and His Money

(Alice Guy Blaché, 1912, 11 min)
Sam comes into a bit of money unexpectedly and his foolish spending catches up with him.


(Lois Weber, 1913, 12 min)
When the family housekeeper leaves a mother and child alone while a thief is on the loose, her husband must try to get back in time to save his family.

Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West

(Marion E. Wong, 1916, 35 min)
Marion E. Wong’s first and only film follows a woman getting married and then being stricken by grief when her baby falls ill.

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