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New DVD: Cinema's First Nasty Women

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Congratulations to A/CA member Laura Horak for Cinema's First Nasty Women, coming to DVD and Blu-ray August 30th from Kino Lorber!!!




This four-disc set showcase more than fourteen hours of rarely-seen silent films about feminist protest, slapstick rebellion, and suggestive gender play. These women organize labor strikes, bake (and weaponize) inedible desserts, explode out of chimneys, electrocute the police force, and assume a range of identities that gleefully dismantle traditional gender norms and sexual constraints. The films span a variety of genres including slapstick comedy, genteel farce, the trick film, cowboy melodrama, and adventure thriller. Cinema’s First Nasty Women includes 99 European and American silent films, produced from 1898 to 1926, sourced from thirteen international film archives and libraries, with all-new musical scores, video introductions, commentary tracks, and a lavishly illustrated booklet (Blu-ray only).


Curated by Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, and produced for video by Bret Wood, Cinema’s First Nasty Women is a partnership of Kino Lorber, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Women Film Pioneers Project, Eye Filmmuseum, Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México - FIC Silente MX, and Carleton University.


Special features:

*“What Is a Nasty Woman?” - Video introduction to the collection, featuring series curators Laura Horak, Maggie Hennefeld, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, and music supervisor Dana Reason 

*Eleven short documentaries focused on specific films and performers, including interviews with Liza Black, TJ Cuthand, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Dana Reason, Arigon Starr, Susan Stryker, and Kyla Wazana Tompkins 

*120-page booklet with essays, interviews, photos, and detailed film notes (print copies only available in the Blu-ray Deluxe First Edition; DVD and subsequent Blu-ray editions will feature a QR code for the full booklet contents online) 

*Audio commentaries for select films by: Jennifer Bean (University of Washington), Liza Black, Enrique Moreno Ceballos (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Liz Clarke (Brock University), Bryony Dixon (British Film Institute), Jane Gaines (Columbia University), Rosa María Licea Garibay (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Joanna Hearne (University of Oklahoma), Maggie Hennefeld (University of Minnesota), Laura Horak (Carleton University), Pamela Hutchinson (Silent London), Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Eye Filmmuseum), Mariann Lewinsky (Cineteca di Bologna), Katharina Loew (University of Massachusetts Boston), Cecilia Ramírez Morales (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Ana Belén Recoder (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Lluvia Soto Rodríguez (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Aurore Spiers, Shelley Stamp (University of California, Santa Cruz), Alejandra Calleja Toxqui (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), Kristen Anderson Wagner (University of Southern California), Laetitia Vigneron (Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México), and Yiman Wang (University of California, Santa Cruz)


Booklet contributors: Daniel Aufmann, Jennifer Bean, Liza Black, Liz Clarke, Joanna Hearne, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Pamela Hutchinson, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Katharina Loew, Dana Reason, Charlene Regester, Alana Skwarok, Aurore Spiers, Shelley Stamp

Composers and Performers: Alicia Svigals, Amy Denio, Annelise Zamula, Ayi Solomon, Bill Noertker, Camila Cortina Bello, Carolina Hengstenberg, Carolyn Swartz, Catherine Lee, Christina Rusnak, Coco Bender, Dana Reason, Daniel Muschinsky, Dave Mihaly, David Borgo, Dianthe (Dee) Spencer, Don Ross, Dreamland Faces (Karen Majewicz, Andy McCormick, Julie Johnson, Gail Olszewski, Ryan Billig, Elaine Evans, Rachel Rogness, Philip Potyondy, Chris Hepola, and Christa Schneider), Edmar Colon, Eliot Britton, Elizabeth (Liz) Magnes, Elizabeth-Jane Baldry, Ellen Weller, Esin Aydingoz, Eunice Martins, Fabio Rojas, Frank Bockius, Gay Pearson, Gerson Lazo-Quiroga, Gonca Feride Varol, Guenter Buchwald, Harold Charon, Indiana University Orchestra (Daniel Whitworth, Tyler Readinger, Miriam Tung, Calvin Sall, Allison Dettloff, Clara Manzano, Yoav Hayut, Achille Vocat, John Heo, Em Singleton, Ilina Ilieva, Thomas Shaw, Eion Lyons, Teresa Labuda, and Gus Brown), Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach, Jana King, Jane Gardner, John Lockwood, Jose Ignacio Santo Aquino,José María Serralde Ruiz, Karl Soukoup, Kevin Harris, Kinnie Starr, Kristor Brødsgaard, Leslie Dukes, Libby Meyer, Lillian Henley, Lorena Ruiz Trejo, María Fernanda García Solar, Mark Weaver, Martha Mooke, Meg Morley, Michael Dessen, Nadia Citlali Cano Castañeda, Naomi Greena Nakanishi, Nate Hubbard, Niclas Compagno, Peter Valsamis, Phil McGowan, Renée C. Baker, Renée T. Coulombe, Roella Oloro, Santiago Bertel, Sara Ontaneda, Sean Sonderegger, Steven Montecucco, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tracy McMullen, Veronica Leahy, Violin/Noir (Rebecca Sabine and Aaron Ramsey), Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano


Participating Archives: EYE Filmmuseum, Library of Congress, Jérome Seydoux Pathé Foundation, GP Archives, British Film Institute, Blackhawk Films, George Eastman Museum, Library and Archives Canada, National Library of Norway, Swedish Film Institute, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Harvard Film Archive, Princeton University Library