Columbia University Libraries has recently launched an online archive of film resources to show the impact that women had on silent film. Not only did women act in early movies, they also worked as producers, directors, writers, editors, camera operators, and costume designers. The Women Film Pioneers Project is quite fascinating, proving that women actually worked more in the film industry in the first two decades than anytime since.
The Women Film Pioneers Project includes a vast collection of essays, videos, and interesting biographies on the first female editors as well as African-American women in film. In the future, the site will go on to include information about the role women played in film in Australia, Canada, and Europe (currently the site only focuses on the United States and Latin America.)
To celebrate the launch of the site, Gaines, a professor of film at Columbia University will partner with film critic B. Ruby Rich to screen "Women Daredevils of the Silent Film Era," a collection of short films at the Museum of Modern Art on October 19th.
To visit the archives, go to: http://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/