Women Film Pioneers Project features silent-era producers, directors, co-directors, scenario writers, scenario editors, camera operators, title writers, editors, costume designers, exhibitors, and more to make the point that they were not just actresses.


  • Nell Shipman Documentary in Production!

    Girl From God’s Country (coming September 2014) is a new documentary about film pioneer Nell Shipman. Directed by Karen Day, the documentary is produced by Karen Meyer, in association with Idaho Film Collections of BSU and Idaho State Historical Society. Visit http://gcgproductions.com/ to learn more about this exciting project and how you can help!

    Check out the Kickstarter campaign

  • Women Film Pioneers Project in the News!

    We are thrilled with the fantastic responses to WFPP! Here are a just a few examples of recent press mentions: New York Magazine: “Just Spend the Rest of Your Day Perusing These Biographies of Women in Early Film” (10/11/14). Filmmaker Magazine: “Women Film Pioneers Project: Ready for More Than a Close-Up” (10/29/13). Indiewire: “A New »

  • Women Film Pioneers Project Launched at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City!

    Last month, WFPP publicly launched its site and research with two film programs in MoMA’s “To Save and Project” film festival. Saturday, October 19, 2013: 2:00pm: Women Daredevils of the Silent Era: More than Pearl White Pearl White was a wildly popular daredevil serial queen of the silent era, but she wasn’t the first. Gene Gauntier »

Contribute to WFPP

If you are interested in contributing to the Women Film Pioneers Project, please contact the editorial team at wfpp@columbia.edu and look over our Guidelines , which are located on the About page.

Featured Video

Excerpt from Blazing the Trail: The O' Kalems in Ireland (2011), a feature-length documentary by Peter Flynn and Tony Tracy that recounts how the Kalem Film Company made history in the 1910s by sending director Sidney Olcott and screenwriter/actress Gene Gauntier to Ireland to make films.

Featured Pioneer


Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013.

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