Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Fine Feathers

Directed by Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, Dorothy Davenport Reid, and Alice Guy-Blaché
Year: 2018

Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley co-star and co-direct this story of a male painter who rises to fame after completing two portraits of his maid, a woman who later becomes his companion. Exploring the popular idiom "fine feathers make fine birds," then also a popular song, FINE FEATHERS illustrates Weber's interest in both class mobility and the circulation and commodification of images of women.

"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote."


"Provides a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest films helmed by early Hollywood’s intrepid women... filling in the blanks of the past and reclaiming the medium’s forgotten stories."


"One of this year’s most essential archival box sets."


"This is nirvana for keen purchasers ready to immerse themselves in a blossoming new expression started over 100 years ago. To those even remotely interested - Kino's 6 Blu-ray package is strongly recommended!"


"...an essential piece of film history, and engaging viewing besides."


"Film fans, rejoice! The true history of the motion picture industry just got a bit more complete."


"This wonderful box set would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in women in film or in film history."


"...one of the most important disc sets of 2018, and it's the perfect gift for the serious cinephile."


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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid