Mary Pickford Film Program
Mary Pickford rose to fame during the pioneer era of American cinema and became one of the film industry’s most influential figures – before women had even earned the right to vote. An astute businesswoman, Pickford became her own producer within three years of her start in features. She co-founded the United Artists film studio with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, which enabled them to produce, star in, and distribute their films in the way they chose. Pickford was also one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which operates the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Cinetopia is honored to partner with the Library of Congress to present Sparrows, which many critics (including rival Chaplin) deemed her best work, as well as a selection of shorts from her early years at the Biograph Company under the direction of Griffith. Christel Schmidt, film historian and editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, will present both programs and sign copies of her book.