“Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” Set Available November 20 from Kino Classics

Kino Classics is proud to announce the upcoming release of Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (DVD: 6 discs, $79.95; Blu-ray: 6 discs, $99.95), slated for November 20. Curated by Shelley Stamp (author of Lois Weber in Early Hollywood) and executive produced by Illeana Douglas, the collection celebrates the ground-breaking early female directors of American cinema who helped shape the language of film. Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the program continues the legacy begun by Pioneers of African-American Cinema, equally ambitious in scale, and every bit as historically significant. Presented in association with the Library of Congress (and drawing from the collections of other world-renowned film archives), Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers is the largest commercially-released video collection of films by women directors, focusing on American films made between 1911 and 1929—a crucial chapter of our cultural history. Featuring 2K and 4K restorations of more than 50 films, including features, shorts and fragments, this collection contains over 25 hours of material, not only showcasing the work of these underappreciated filmmakers, but also illuminating the gradual changes in how women directors were perceived (and treated) by the Hollywood establishment. Included are films by such pioneering filmmakers as Ruth Ann Baldwin, Grace Cunard, Alice Guy-Blaché, Zora Neale Hurston Lois Weber, Marion E. Wong, and many more. Bonus features include an 80-page booklet (with essays and photos), interviews with historians and archivists, and audio commentaries for select films.