Madeline Brandeis (1897-1937) worked as a successful filmmaker and producer for most of her short life, starting in 1918 when she directed and financed her first film, The Star Prince (1918), in Chicago.
In the early 1920s Brandeis moved from Nebraska to Hollywood where she produced and financed Not One to Spare (1924), and shortly thereafter formed her own production company, Madeline Brandeis Productions.
Brandeis was also a well-known author, and both her writing and filmmaking career focused on works created for and starring children. The publication of dozens of her titles for children and adolescents, including the Children of All Lands series (1933) and the novel Six Face the World (1938), reflected the explosion in the quantity and quality of books for children that began in the 1920s and 1930s. The books were based on a series of film shorts geared towards use in the elementary-school classroom and were illustrated with photographs from her travels or stills from the accompanying short films.
The Madeline Brandeis films at the HFA are a part of the Howard E. Burr collection that was given to the archive in 2009. All have been digitized and are available for viewing below.