IU CINEMA/First Thursdays: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers with DJ MADDØG

  • September 5, 2019
  • IU Cinema
  • 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-856-CINE
  • 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Free, no ticket required

Silent films with live DJ accompaniment

This program of short films will run on a loop from 5–8 pm with DJ MADDØG accompanying each rotation. Patrons can come and go as their schedule allows.

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films which have been carefully curated and meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources. Silent films with English intertitles.

Not rated | 1911-29 | 2K DCP
Silent/Live Accompaniment
Directed by Various Directors
Free, no ticket required



This program is presented as part of the IU Arts and Humanities Council’s September First Thursdays celebration. First Thursdays is a monthly festival showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and throughout the Bloomington community.

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Running the Screen: Directed by Women is a month-long film screening, public conversation, and masterclass series celebrating and affirming the pioneering contributions of women to the art of filmmaking. IU Cinema has dedicated its entire September 2019 programming line-up to films directed by women in celebration of September as Woman Director Awareness Month.

IU CINEMA/First Thursdays: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers with DJ MADDØG