Female Filmmakers in the 1920s
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Female Filmmakers in the 1920s

Female Filmmakers in the 1920s

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Published: October 31, 2019 0 0 182
By: Paige Brunsen, Columbia College Chicago
Category: Writing
Hashtags: #Film #History #womensandgenderstudies #Writing

"Female Filmmakers in the 1920s," was written for the Nineteen Twenties and the Birth of Modern America: Honors history class taught by Dr. Teresa Prados-Torreira. It explores how women went from positions of creative power in filmmaking to operating in the shadows. I was inspired to write this piece when learning about Alice Guy-Blaché, a female director who pioneered the filmmaking industry in the late 1800s. I asked myself, what happened to leading ladies in film like Blaché? The class presented a great opportunity to find out more. At first it was difficult finding sources for the essay, as not many people have explored the roles of women in filmmaking in the 1920s, but the ones I found were interesting and highly insightful! I greatly enjoyed writing this essay, and I am proud that it was not only published in Columbia College Chicago's academic journal, Antithesis, but also won the Honors Library Research Award Second Prize.