French documentarians and sisters, Julia and Clara Kuperberg, uncover the forgotten stories of women who were at the helm of Hollywood during its golden age. From women directors to unheralded female studio executives, Women Who Run Hollywood shines a light on important women who’ve gone unheralded in history.
This discussion will follow the screening of The Women Who Run Hollywood and will focus on the often-forgotten pioneering female filmmakers in early Hollywood. Our panel, including historian Cari Beauchamp and Marjorie Rosen will address the question of why these remarkable women are often overlooked, and how that relates to the current conversations on gender inequity in the industry.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 6PM
Location: Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
Passionate about American film history and American culture, Clara and Julia Kuperberg created their own film company, Wichita Films, in 2006 to produce and direct documentaries. The Kuperberg sisters work as equal measure as producers, directors, writers and editors on their films. Their films, all in english, are distributed all over the world. Their last ones, This is Orson Welles, was selected and screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 and Deauville American Cinema Festival 2015, and The Women who Run Hollywood was selected and screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and Deauville American Cinema Festival 2016 again.
Cari Beauchamp is the award-winning author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of early Hollywood and five other books of film history. She writes for Vanity Fair and other magazines, appears on TCM and in multiple documentaries and is the only person to twice be named an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Scholar. Cari serves as the Resident Scholar for the Mary Pickford Foundation Member and on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.
Marjorie Rosen is the author of four non-fiction books – Boom Town: How Walmart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community; Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, & the American Dream; and Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal (with Mia’s nanny, Kristi Groteké.)As a journalist, Rosen has freelanced stories about entertainment and popular culture for publications like The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Daily News, Playboy, Ms., Glamour, and Good Housekeeping. She has worked as a senior writer at People and an editor both at The New York Times Magazine and Who, People’s sister magazine in Australia. A tenured Associate Professor of film and journalism at Lehman College—CUNY, she was awarded the Marsh Professorship of Journalism at the University of Michigan in 1988. As a screenwriter, Rosen has authored six After-School and Schoolbreak Specials, most notably CBS’s “The Alfred G. Graebner Handbook of Rules and Regulations,” ABC’s “First the Egg,” and “Read Between the Lines: Starring the Harlem Globetrotters,” which won a Best Daytime Actor Emmy for Philip Bosco. A writer on the original “People” newsmagazine TV show, Rosen received a Writers Guild of America East Foundation Fellowship and its first Paddy Chayefsky Memorial Fellowship for her screenplay, “The Sorrow of Leo Frank.” A former member of Lehman Engel’s BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, she earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan and an M.A. from New York University.
Caryn James is a film and television critic and feature writer, who contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter and NY1 television’s Talking Pictures movie review show. She was previously a film critic and chief television critic for The New York Times, and has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, Charlie Rose and other programs as a film commentator. She is the author of the novels Glorie and What Caroline Knew. She has a Ph.D in English literature from Brown University.