Past Event

Women and the Silent Screen: Entr'acte

June 4, 2021 - June 6, 2021
12:00 PM
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Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), the biennial international conference sponsored by Women and Film History International (WFHI), has been a hub for the exchange of research focused on all forms of women’s involvement during the earliest decades of film history. As a prelude to the 2022 in-person event, WSS will host a free online edition open to all. Four programs of panels and workshops, along with online screenings, will explore women’s contributions to cinema in the silent era, the 21st century scholarship surrounding these achievements, and film restoration efforts to preserve them.

In conjunction with the weekend conference, on Wednesday, June 2, at 2:30 pm ET, the latest Kennington Bioscope program (SolaxThe House Built by Alice Guy Blaché) will premiere with live music and introductions; the show will be available to view free on the KB YouTube channel through June 30, 2021.

Co-sponsored by: Women and Film History InternationalMA in Film and Media Studies Program at Columbia University School of the ArtsDepartment of History at Columbia UniversityThe Harriman Institute at Columbia University,  Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia UniversityDragon Summit Culture Endowment Fund for C.V. Starr East Asian LibraryDigital Scholarship at Columbia UniversityMaison Française at Columbia University, and the Fort Lee Film Commission.

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 4

9 am–11 am ET   |   Program II—Panel # 1: The Art of Recycling: Early Soviet Compilation Film

Chair: Anastasia Kostina
Participants: Lilya Kaganovsky (U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Anastasia Kostina (Yale U.), Joshua Malitsky (Indiana U.), Oksana Sarkisova (Central European U.)
Includes Screening: Manifest / Manifesto (Lidia Stepanova, USSR, 1927). RT: 45 min.

12 pm–1 pm ET   |   Program III—Panel # 1 (Part One): Alice’s French-American Connection: From Paris, France to Fort Lee, New Jersey

Moderators: Aurore Spiers & Tami Williams
Respondent: Martin Barnier (U. Lyon 2)
Participants: Céline Ruivo (Post-Doc, UC Louvain/B-Magic), Wafa Ghermani (Cinémathèque Française)

1 pm–2 pm ET   |   Program III—Panel # 1 (Part Two): Alice’s French-American Connection: From Paris, France to Fort Lee, New Jersey

Moderators: Clara Auclair & Kim Tomadjoglou
Participants: Clara Auclair (PhD Candidate, U. Rochester/U. Paris Diderot), Richard Koszarski (Barrymore Film Center, Fort Lee, NJ)
Related Online ScreeningKennington Bioscope YouTube channel

3 pm–4 pm ET   |   Online Screening & Discussion

Lights! Camera! Alice! A Conversation with Manohla Dargis (New York Times) & Ariel Schweitzer (Cahiers du cinéma). With newly released extracts from Alice Guy, Pioneer of the 7th Art, Forgotten by History (Natalie Masduraud & Valérie Urrea, France, 2021).
Introduction: Tami Williams
Coordinators/Moderators: Kim Tomadjoglou & Tami Williams

7 pm–9:30 pm ET   |   Online Screenings

Segodnya Today (Cannons or Tractors?) (Esfir Shub, USSR, 1930). RT: 75 min. Introduction: Anastasia Kostina

The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (Marion E. Wong, US, 1916). RT: 50 min. Introduction: Cordelia Siporin

A Comedy of Errors (Alice Guy Blaché, US, 1912). RT: 14 min. Introduction: Kim Tomadjoglou

Saturday, June 5

9 am–11 am ET    |   Program I—Panel # 1: Global and Local: Silent Era Chinese Film Production for International Export

Chair: Yan-fei Song
Participants: Daoxin Li (Peking U.), Xuelei Huang (U. Edinburgh), Yongchun Fu (Zhejiang U.)

12 pm–2 pm ET    |   Program IV: “Breakthroughs: What Can Digital Humanities Tell Us That We Didn’t Know?”

Chair: Kate Saccone
Participants: Sarah Blankfort Clothier (AFI), Sarah-Mai Dang (Philipps U. Marburg), Jeffrey Klenotic (U. New Hampshire)

3 pm–5 pm ET    |   Program I—Panel # 2: The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916) and the Legacies of Marion E. Wong

Chair: Cordelia Siporin
Participants: Gregory Yee Mark (California State U., Sacramento), Yan-fei Song (Beijing Normal U.), Cordelia Siporin (Fairleigh Dickinson U.)

Sunday, June 6

9 am–11 am ET   |   Program I—Panel # 3: Chinatowns and Overseas Chinese

Chair: Jing Peng
Participants: S. Louisa Wei (City U. Hong Kong), Kim K. Fahlstedt (Stockholm U.), Yan-fei Song (Beijing Normal U.), Yiman Wang (UCSC)

12 pm–2 pm ET   |   Program II—Panel # 2: Women in Silent Soviet Documentary

Chair: Daria Ezerova
Participants: Daria Ezerova (Columbia U.), John MacKay (Yale U.), Natalie Ryabchikova (Higher School of Economics, Russia), Raisa Sidenova (Newcastle U.)
Includes Screening:
Tungusy / Tungus (Elizaveta Svilova, USSR, 1927). RT: 12 min.
Bukhara (Elizaveta Svilova, USSR, 1927). RT: 11 min.
Pioneria / Pioneers (Arsha Ovanesova & E. Borisovich, USSR, 1931). RT: 11 min.

3 pm–5 pm ET   |   Program III—Panel # 2: Out(side) of Time? Alice Guy Blaché, Film Canons, and Media Histories Today

Moderators: Clara Auclair & Aurore Spiers
Participants: Jane Gaines (Columbia U.), André Gaudreault (U. Montréal), Marie Kondrat (U. Genève), Kiki Loveday (PhD Candidate, UCSC)
Related Online Screening: Kennington Bioscope YouTube channel