Following the success of their Pioneers of African-American Cinema crowdfunding campaign, Kino Lorber is back again to continue the series. This time they hope to take a look at iconic films with women directors, with a focus on American films made between 1910 and 1929. Their project is titled Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.
This collection will feature HD restorations of important films, lesser known works, shorts, fragments, incomplete serials, and more. They have yet to nail down exactly who’s work will be included, but on their Kickstarter campaign, they’ve listed the following:
- Ruth Ann Baldwin: 49-’17
- Alice Guy Blaché: Canned Harmony, A House Divided, The Ocean Waif
- Grace Cunard: The Purple Mask serial (misc. episodes)
- Dorothy Davenport Reid: The Red Kimona
- Gene Gauntier: A Girl Spy Before Vicksburg, Further Adventures of the Girl Spy
- Helen Holmes: The Hazards of Helen serial (misc. episodes)
- Cleo Madison: Her Defiance, Eleanor’s Catch
- Frances Marion: Just Around the Corner
- Mabel Normand: Caught in a Cabaret, Mabel’s Blunder
- Ida May Park: Bread
- Nell Shipman: Something New
- Lois Weber: Fine Feathers, From Death to Life, The Rosary, Suspense, Hypocrites, Where Are My Children?
- Elsie Jane Wilson: The Dream Lady
Kino needs your money to help them in this venture, to cover costs associated with obtaining access to archives and mastering transfers. They are aiming to make $44,000 to make this happen, with $100 being the donation level that gets you a Blu-ray copy of the set (which is looking to span 5 discs). The top donation reward is at the $4000 tier, which puts your name before the opening titles.
Check out their campaign video below and check out their page here. Let’s make this happen, people!