This course looks at the work of womxn filmmakers, from Alice Guy’s and Lois Weber’s foundational films to those of contemporary directors like Sydney Freeland and Greta Gerwig. Throughout the term, we will consider the following questions and discuss potential conclusions:

1)    How do you characterize the work of womxn directors? Can we characterize it? Is there any particular style or narrative that unites these films?

2)    How does a close look at womxn filmmakers change our conception of film history? Do these films fit neatly into what we might think of as “women’s films”?

3)    How can we look at these filmmakers through the lens of feminist criticism? Are any of these filmmakers problematic when subject to feminist critique?

4)    How have historical, cultural, and industrial factors shaped the work of womxn filmmakers?

Throughout the term, we will look at the various styles and narratives that womxn filmmakers have produced in both mainstream and non-mainstream films. In doing so, we will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the breadth of work womxn have created and what it means to our society.