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A collection of landmark American films directed by women, digitally restored from archive film elements, loaded with bonus content.
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Meet two composers - Makia Matsumura and Maud Nelissen

Posted by Kino Lorber (Creator)

Kino Lorber is proud introduce two composers who will provide scores for Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers: Makia Matsumura and Maud Nelissen. Their individual work is erudite and engaging, international in origin yet firmly rooted in American popular culture—the perfect balance for an ambitious archival project such as this.

MAKIA MATSUMURA - A native of Tokyo, Japan, Makia Matsumura started her studies of piano and composition at the age of six, and performed her original music extensively in and outside of Japan during her teenage years. Her appearances from this era have included concerto performances with the Hungary National Symphony, the Berlin Great Radio Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at renowned venues in Europe and Japan. After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Makia moved to New York City and completed her Master’s degree in composition at The Juilliard School. She has been active as a silent film accompanist in recent years, playing at festivals and archival screenings in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Most recently, she provided a piano score for The Scar of Shame in Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema.

"I feel tremendous sense of respect and responsibility, as well as spontaneity and thrill, every time I have an opportunity to score a silent film. It is a collaboration with a given director transcending decades (and soon to be a century) of time. Only a silent films provide modern-day composers with such an extraordinary experience,” says Matsumura, “I can't imagine how challenging it must have been for women filmmakers of the silent era. Yet, thanks to their hard work, women like myself may now aspire to work in the film industry. I am delighted that Kino Lorber is putting a focus of those fearless ladies' legacy, and it is my true honor to have an opportunity to score one of their films.”

MAUD NELISSEN is a Dutch composer and pianist who has dedicated herself to the creation of musical accompaniment for silent films. She worked in Italy with Charlie Chaplin’s last music arranger, Eric James. Since then, she has performed at festivals and special events in Europe, the United States, and Asia. She founded her own ensemble, “The Sprockets,” for silent film accompaniment, and performs with them or with various other ensembles and orchestras in Holland and abroad. Among her most notable orchestral scores are those for Erich von Stroheim's The Merry Widow (1925) and The Patsy, starring Marion Davies. She also scored The Three Must-Get-Theres for Kino Lorber/Lobster's The Max Linder Collection.

“In this era of high-speed communication, I remain dedicated to exploring the power of non-verbal expression, which silent films and music basically are. Silent cinema is an essential but sometimes forgotten means of communication,” Nelissen says, “I am especially proud to collaborate on Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, to pay tribute to the women directors who have contributed so much to this genre.”

Stay tuned — additional composer announcements will be made later in the campaign!


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