She’s the North Side original and influential woman pioneer in early film making you may have never heard of!
Celebrate Lois Weber’s 140th birthday with the unveiling of a new historical marker outside the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny branch during the day, then join the History Center in the evening for a special conversation between acclaimed actor and Turner Classic Movies host Illeana Douglas and film historian Shelley Stamp.
At 7 p.m., dive into film history with actor and Turner Classic Movies host Illeana Douglas and Dr. Shelley Stamp, film historian and professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Douglas and Stamp will discuss Lois Weber’s body of work as a director and an innovator in early American film, which was featured in their respective work as executive producer and curator on the New York Film Critics Award-Winning DVD box set, “Pioneers: First Female Filmmakers.”
Following the program, both Douglas and Stamp will sign copies of their work, described below in their biographies and available for sale the evening of the program.
Admission is $20 for general admission. History Center members receive 20% off admission using promo code SPLITSCREEN. You will be asked to verify your membership at check-in. Please register online.
For more information, please contact Sam Moore at email@example.com or 412-454-6373.
Illeana Douglas is an Emmy-nominated actress, writer, director, author, and Turner Classic Movies host. The granddaughter of two-time Academy Award winner Melvyn Douglas, Illeana is an avid film historian and movie buff. She has participated in scores of film history documentaries including most recently “All That Heaven Allows-A Tribute to Rock Hudson” (2019), “78/52” (2017) and “Greatest Cult Films” (2017). She is the executive producer of Kino Lorber’s multi-award-winning DVD boxed set “Pioneers: First Female Filmmakers” (2018), which won the 2018 New York Films Critics Award. On Turner Classic Movies Illeana hosted segments including, “Funny Ladies” with Carol Burnett; “Trailblazing Women,” which highlighted female pioneers of cinema; and “Second Looks” spotlighting overlooked or forgotten films. Her best-selling movie memoir, “I Blame Dennis Hopper: A Life Lived In and Out of the Movies” was named Top Ten Books of 2015 by Entertainment Weekly. She hosts the I Blame Dennis Hopper Podcast (available on iTunes) where she interviews celebrities about their love of classic film, and is currently working on her follow up memoir, “Remember This Never Happened: More Stories of a Life Lived in And Out of The Movies.”
Shelley Stamp is the author of “Lois Weber in Early Hollywood” and “Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon.” She recently curated the award-winning disc set “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers” and is at work on a co-authored history of “Women and the Silent Screen in America.” She is Professor of Film + Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she holds the Presidential Chair.