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Women & Silent Screen Online, June 2-6, 2021

Women and the Silent Screen Online

June 2-6, 2021


Women and the Silent Screen XI Conference: Women, Cinema, and Migration

June 2, 2021
Premiere at 2:30pm EST (free to view all of June)
Kennington Bioscope:

June 4-6, 2021
Online conference: FREE & open to all! Register here.

I. “Bees and Roses: Chinese Women Directors and Silent Era US-Chinese Film Connections”

II. “Founding Mothers: Women Filmmakers of Early Soviet Documentary”

III. “Starting Something: Alice Guy Blaché and Early Cinema, from Sound and Color to Studio Production”

IV. “Breakthroughs: What Can Digital Humanities Tell Us That We Didn’t Know?”
For program descriptions, bios, readings, & more on Kennington Bioscope: here.



Wednesday, June 2

Online Premiere Screening: 2:30pm EST / 7:30pm GMT

Kennington Bioscope: Solax, The House Built by Alice Guy Blaché

Available to view FREE on the Kennington Bioscope YouTube channel through June 30, 2021.

Nine shorts (1911–13) produced and directed by Alice Guy Blaché.


Friday, June 4

Panel A: 9:00am–11:00am EST

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.


Panel B: 12:00pm–2:00pm EST

Program III—Panel # 1: Alice’s French-American Connection: From Paris, France to Fort Lee, New Jersey

Part I. 12:00pm–1:00pm EST

Moderators: Aurore Spiers & Tami Williams

Respondent: Martin Barnier (U. Lyon 2)

Participants: Céline Ruivo (Post-Doc, UC Louvain/B-Magic), Wafa Ghermani (Cinémathèque Française)


Part II. 1:00pm–2:00pm EST

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 Screening: Kennington Bioscope:


Online Screening & Discussion: 3:00pm–4:00pm EST

Lights! Camera! Alice! A Conversation with Manohla Dargis (New York Times) & Ariel Schweitzer (Cahiers du cinéma).

Extracts from new release: Alice Guy, Pioneer of the 7th Art, Forgotten By History (dirs. Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urrea, France, 2021).

Coordinators/Moderators: Kim Tomadjoglou & Tami Williams


Online Screening: 7:00pm–9:30pm EST

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

Panel C: 9:00am–11:00am EST

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.)


Panel D: 12:00pm–2:00pm EST

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)


Panel E: 3:00pm–5:00pm EST

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

Panel F: 9:00am–11:00am EST

Program I—Panel # 3: Chinatowns and Overseas Chinese

Chair: Jing Peng

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


Panel G: 12:00pm–2:00pm EST

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 and E. Borisovich, USSR, 1931). RT: 11 min.


Panel H: 3:00pm–5:00pm EST

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