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"Lois Weber in Early Hollywood" Book Launch and Reception

Mon, Jun 1, 2015, 6:30 pm
Communications 139

Join us for an evening of selected readings from Shelley Stamp's new book "Lois Weber in Early Hollywood"

Guest Speakers:
Lisbeth Haas, Professor of History, UCSC
Liz Clarke, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSC

Among early Hollywood's most renowned filmmakers, Lois Weber was considered one of the era's "three great minds" alongside D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille.  Despite her accomplishments, Weber has been marginalized in relation to her contemporaries, who have long been recognized as fathers of American cinema.  Drawing on a range of materials untapped by previous historians, Shelley Stamp offers the first comprehensive study of Weber's remarkable career as director, screenwriter, and actress.  Lois Weber in Early Hollywood provides complelling evidence of the extraordinary role that women played in shaping American movie culture, and is an essential addition to histories of silent cinema, early filmmaking in Los Angeles, and women's contributions to American culture.  

Film & Digital Media Professor Shelley Stamp is author of Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon and founding editor of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal.