The Oriental Theatre Will Present the Pioneers Film Series This Weekend

The Oriental Theatre Will Present the Pioneers Film Series This Weekend

By Livia Peterson

The Oriental Theatre (2230 North Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee’s Upper East Side) will present the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers program to celebrate the silent film era innovators this weekend. Anthony Deutsch, Amanda Huff, SistaStrings, and Nickel and Rose will perform their original compositions at the events.

Milwaukee Film’s CEO and Artistic Director Jonathan Jackson stated in a press release, “This is an exciting live event that we’re proud to present to Milwaukee. I really think our audiences will be surprised by the level of daring they see from these female filmmakers in an era when women in the U.S. were still fighting for the right to vote.”

Dr. Tami Williams, associate professor of Film Studies and English at University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee curated the programs. She expressed, “Women’s participation in the first decades of cinema was much more extensive than previously thought. As screenwriters, directors, and producers, women played an integral role in the early artistic development of the medium, bringing unique viewpoints and an imaginative exploration of crucial topics of the time, many of which remain surprisingly relevant today.”

The programs are in conjunction with UWM Women Film Pioneers Symposium, including discussions by film scholars. The symposium will take place in Curtin Hall 175, followed by a reception in Curtin Hall 368.

The symposium is free and open to the public. The tickets cost $11 ($9 for Milwaukee Film members) and a two day pass cost $25 with a commemorative poster created by Milwaukee artist Britta Nasland.

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 1pm to 5pm — Film Pioneers Symposium

  • 1pm: Welcome and Introduction

  • 1:15pm: Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? by Jane M. Gaines

  • 2:00pm: Women and the Silent Screen: A Short History of the History by Shelley Stamp

  • 2:45pm: Break

  • 3:00pm: Anything But a Dead Letter: Archives of Laughter, Film, and Feminism by Maggie Hennefeld

  • 3:45pm: Feminist Curiosity, Genre Films, and the Poetics of Wonder by Jennifer M. Bean

  • 4:30pm: Round Table, moderated by Dr. Williams

  • 5:00pm: Reception in Curtin Hall, Room 368

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7pm — Popular Session

  • Purple Mask

  • A Daughter of “the Law”

  • That Ice Ticket

  • Algie the Miner

  • Mabel’s Blunder

  • Featured Musician: Amanda Huff

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:30pm — Social Commentary Session

  • Ethnographic Films: Fieldwork Footage, ep. 1-4

  • When Little Lindy Sang

  • Bread

  • The Risky Road

  • Eleanor’s Catch

  • Ethnographic Films: Fieldwork Footage, ep. 5-8

  • Featured Musicians: Nickel and Rose; SistaStrings

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7pm — Avant Garde Session

  • Salome

  • Featured Musician: Anthony Deutsch

The Women Film Pioneers Symposium Recap

Transit (2019)

Transit (2019)