Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - The Red Kimona

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

The first project produced by Dorothy Davenport Reid under the auspices of Mrs. Wallace Reid Productions, a company she started after her husband's highly publicized addiction and subsequent death. Adapted by Adela Rogers St. John and Dorothy Arzner (later famous as a director in her own right), the film tells the true story of Gabrielle Darley, a woman who leaves her abusive home only to find herself trapped into prostitution in New Orleans, then accused of murder. The film opens with Davenport Reid reading a newspaper account of Darley's murder trial.

"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!"

" 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."

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

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