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Before “talkies,” the majority of film editors were women. Film editin was seen as clerical & crafty—not creative or
technical—akin to sewin and textiles manufacturing. Referred to as “cutters,” literal hands for hire to manufacture
moving image, these editors crafted together narratives creating illusions of seamless continuity. Despite their
involvement in early film production, these workers were left out of mainstream historical narratives & rarely credited—
cut from the past. History is indeed an edited story. This piece is motivated by this shared, and often obfuscated,
histories of film and textiles. Spinning wheels and film reels are conflated; thead is spun, a screen is woven, the
material and surface through which the moving image is made possible, with the work of the invisible laborer embedded.