This is on my must-watch list this month. Alice Guy-Blaché is regarded as the first female director, and she created more than ONE THOUSAND films in the US and France between 1896 and 1920. According to historian Joan Simon, Guy-Blaché was the first to develop narrative filmmaking, or the idea that the film should be a story with a beginning, middle and end.
She had one of the longest careers of any of the early cinema pioneers, and she was one of the first two female filmmakers to own her own studio
All while raising two daughters.
Talk about girl power.
You can get her films on DVD, or see them September 26th at the Nighthawk Cinema in Brooklyn.