In Pittsfield, the Berkshire Museum’s innovative Little Cinema will host a new film series beginning on Thursday (November 6) and continuing into 2015, selected by curator Nannina Stearn. Behind the Camera: Women in Film opens with The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the earliest feature-length animated film, created by Lotte Reiniger in the 1920s. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.
About Behind the Camera: Women in Film
“The first narrative film was created in 1896; it was directed by a woman. The first person to win two Oscars for screenwriting (in 1930 and 1932) was a woman,” says Nannina Stearn. “The first person to make a feature length-animated film in 1926 was a woman. Back in the 1920s half of all films were written by women, and almost every film was edited by one. More than any other art form, cinema was developed equally by men and women, and yet today women struggle to find parity with their male counterparts. In 2013 only 16 percent of the top creative jobs in films were filled by women, and in the past 15 years that number has never risen above 19 percent.”
With Behind the Camera: Women in Film, the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative want to shine a light on that 16 percent, with special screenings highlighting the contributions women today are making to film, and celebrating the rich history women have as innovators in the medium.