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“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”
-Mary Pickford

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An exhibition of silent films directed by women from America, celebrating female pioneers of the genre’s golden age, and those who carry on this timeless art today.

Silent Salute celebrates the artistry and achievements of women who contributed to the birth of Silent Cinema (mid 1890s - late 1920s), as well as those who carry on this timeless genre today.

The evening will include a screening of selected silent films with live musical accompaniment, an interactive photo booth, and drinks with light fare.


7:00 - 8:30 pm

Open Exhibition with Projected Stills

8:30-10:00 pm

Screening of Selected Films with Live Musical Accompaniment by Vivian Khor

10:00-11:00 pm

Reception, Live Music, and Filmmaker Meet and Greet



Alice Guy-Blaché “The Consequences of Feminism” (1906) & “The Drunken Mattress” (1906)

Lois Weber “Suspense” (1913)

Catherine Corman “Alice in Wonderland” (2015)

Chanelle Tyson “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” (2017)

Frances Damien Arpaia “Let’s go to the Trans Ladies Picnic” (2017)

Alexandra Velasco and the School of the Alternative "The Disobedience of Plastic" (2018)

Live musical accompaniment to be performed by composer Vivian Khor

Curated by Karl Leone

Frances Arpaia

is a queer, trans woman filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn. Her films explore everything from queer romance and trans identity, to the adventures of a social-media obsessed tyrannosaurus. Sometimes people even get to see them.

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Catherine Corman

Catherine Corman’s films, photographs and books have been exhibited at the Berlin and Venice Biennales, and are included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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Chanelle Tyson

is an award-winning filmmaker and published writer, based in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chanelle’s work has been recognized by Outfest, WhoHaha, The Advocate and more. She is dedicated to representing the narratives of the LGBTQ community and people of color with her work.

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Alexandra Velasco

is an artist, performer and filmmaker born in Mexico City. Alexandra lives and works in Los Angeles, a place that has begun to shape her work. Her voice, eyes and hands serve to tell non-linear stories, create time-warped moments and bend time in improbable scenarios. She is currently working on various film and art projects. She tells stories about women that either live in her head or who can't tell their own stories.

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Vivian Khor

started her music education as a pianist at the age of 7 and as a composer at 15. Khor obtained a Bachelors in Electrical Electronics Engineering and produced three CDs, Restful Moments, Paradise, Starlight Serenade, which were air-played on National Public Radio and cable. After a couple live orchestral pieces were licensed to TV, she left behind her engineering career and in 2010, completed a film-scoring program from UCLA and also graduated with a Masters in Music Composition.

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Alice Guy-Blaché (1873 – 1968)

is a pioneer of the French and American film industries, generally acknowledged to be the first director to film a narrative story. Only a handful of the hundreds of films she made survive.

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Lois Weber (1879 – 1939)

was an American silent film actress, screenwriter, producer, and director, who is considered American cinema's first genuine auteur, a filmmaker involved in all aspects of production and one who utilized the motion picture to put across her own ideas and philosophies.

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Tickets include access to everything at the event including all food and drinks, interactive photo booth, and a seat for the screening.


In honor of the mission to promote women’s voices in film, a percentage of ticket sales will be donated towards the WIF/Film LA Grant. This grant covers the cost of certain production fees that pose a challenge for aspiring women filmmakers.

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