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curated: how has no one made a movie about Aloha Wanderwell yet?!

How is it possible that I’ve never heard of this pioneering female filmmaker before? Oh, right: it’s because she was a female filmmaker.

From The New York Times:

Overlooked No More: Aloha Wanderwell, Explorer and Filmmaker
*By 16, she was traveling around the world behind the wheel of a Model T in a life of adventure that was interrupted only by a murder mystery.*

The ad in The Paris Herald called for “a good-looking, brainy young woman” willing to “forswear skirts” and “rough it” in Asia and Africa for an unspecified expedition.

“Be prepared,” it said, “to learn to work before and behind a movie camera.” It was 1922.

Idris Welsh, a 16-year-old student at a convent school in France who was crazy about movies, read the ad and was hooked.

She applied and was given the job of mechanic in an ill-defined endeavor that involved filming a team’s travels as it motored around in 1917 Model Ts. At 6 feet tall, blond and attractive, Idris quickly became the face of the expedition, which captured her adventures in a series of movie travelogues.

Read more…

She sounds absolutely badass.

Thanks for bronxbee for the heads-up.


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