TCM fest set for biz’s women pioneers

Another fest features movies not on vid

Turner Classic Movies has scheduled a documentary on the women directors, writers and producers of the early days of Hollywood.

Docu “Without Lying Down” will be part of an August festival of movies from the 1920s-1940s featuring women in prominent behind-the-scenes roles. Production designer Polly Platt will be the consultant and on-air narrator of the fest; Brigid Terry is exec producer of “Without Lying Down.”

Another TCM festival, to run for a full week in mid-July, will focus on theatrical movies that have never reached the homevideo market. The titles include “Old Acquaintance” (1943), starring Bette Davis; “Hallelujah” (1929), directed by King Vidor; “20,000 Years in Sing Sing” (1933), starring Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis; “H.M. Pulham, Esq.” (1941), directed by Vidor; “Ransom” (1956), starring Glenn Ford; and “Nora Prentiss” (1947), with Ann Sheridan.

Restoration project

TCM exec VP and general manager Tom Karsch said that as part of the 30-film women pioneers initiative, sister division Turner Entertainment Corp. is helping to restore the prints of the 1926 version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” adapted by Frances Marion, and the 1912 “Cleopatra,” produced by Helen Gardner.

TCM is also close to a deal with Laurie Anderson to compose a new score for “Scarlet Letter.”

The network has set up an Internet strategy to find young composers to write original scores for as many as 150 silent movies in the Turner library, including some pictures produced by and starring Mary Pickford such as “The Love Light” (1921), “Stella Maris” (1918) and “My Best Girl” (1927).

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