Legendary director, Lois Weber, was born Florence Pietz on Jun 13, 1879 in Allegheny, PA. Weber died at the age of 60 on Nov 13, 1939 in Hollywood, CA .
Lois Weber was the first American woman director of note, directing over 135 films between 1911 and 1934. She pioneered split screen technique in 1913 , was the first woman director to own her own film studio, and was one of the first directors to experiment with sound. In 1916, Weber directed 10 feature films for Universal (nine of which she also wrote) -- and she became Universal Studios' highest-paid director, earning $5,000 a week.(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).
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Suspense (1913) and , America’s first female directorBy Carol Martinheira on Mar 16, 2021 From The Old Hollywood Garden
Suspense (1913) and , America’s first female director On March 16, 2021 By CarolIn Uncategorized As everybody knows, March is Women?s History Month and with Best Director nominees Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell making history yesterday at the announ... Read full article
43rd Seattle International Film Festival: Pavlova, and The Epic The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916)By KC on Jun 3, 2017 From Classic Movies
I get chills thinking about the way time plays with our perception. This was very much on my mind while viewing The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), which I saw this morning at SIFF Uptown Theater for the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival. Here is a story set in the 1600s, filmed over a century... Read full article
The Blot (1921, )By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 28, 2017 From The Stop Button
The Blot has a lot of plot. Lot of plot. Director Weber fills the film with characters and subplots?unfortunately, not many of the supporting cast get credited so I?ll just have to compliment based on their characters. The main plot is about rich college kid Louis Calhern who discovers?because he ha... Read full article
Mini Tribute: Film PioneerBy Annmarie Gatti on Jun 13, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog
Born June 13, 1879 Film Pioneer ! was the first American woman director of note, directing over 135 films between 1911 and 1934. She pioneered split screen technique in 1913 , was the first woman director to own her own film studio, and was one of the first directors to experim... Read full article
Happy Birthday, – America’s 1st Female FilmmakerBy chrisgiddens on Jun 13, 2012 From The Giddy Blog
Born on this day in 1879, was a child prodigy pianist and silent film pioneer – an actress, screenwriter, producer, and director (the 1st woman as such in the United States) of over 100 known films. As a progressive activist, Weber’s movies often contained her ideals of social... Read full article
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