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Women in Film & Television History: Meet Tressie Souders, Director, Producer, Screenwriter

By Mellini Kantayya

The story of Tressie Souders (Unknown – Unknown), or perhaps more accurately, the lack of details about Tressies Souders’ life and work exemplifies the need to research and rescue early film-works of women and women of color.

What led scholars to Souders’ film, A Woman’s Error (1922) was Henry T. Sampson’s book, Blacks in Black and White: A Source on Black Films. We do know that in 1922, Souders was named by the Black press as the first African-American woman director. Sampson also names her as A Woman’s Error’s screenwriter and producer.

Learn more about Tressie Souders on Columbia University’s Women Film Pioneers’ Project website and the book Blacks in Black and White: A Source on Black Films, by Henry T. Sampson.

 

Citation: Morgan, Kyna. “Tressie Souders.” In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   September 27, 2013.   <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/tressie-souders-2/>

 

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Mellini_Kantayya Mellini Kantayya is an actor, author of "Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry)", contributor to Huffington Post Comedy, and an active NYWIFT member. www.mellinikantayya.com

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