Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - The Call of the Cumberlands

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

One of four films directed by Julia Crawford Ivers, better known as a screenwriter, THE CALL OF THE CUMBERLANDS tells the story of an Appalachian son drawn to New York City with dreams of being an artists. Taken under the wing of the sister of a prominent artist, he learns the ways of wealthy society there and achieves notice in the art world, but is ultimately drawn back to Appalachia by a family feud. Reviewer Margaret I. MacDonald wrote that although "the production is not an altogether perfect one," there are "scenes that could scarcely be excelled."

"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