Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blaché – Soyez Naturel: L’histoire Inédite d’Alice Guy-Blaché


Genre Documentary
Director Pamela B. Green
Screenplay Pamela B. Green
Starring Alice Guy-Blaché, Geena Davis, Ben Kingsley, Ava Duvernay, Agnès Varda

Narrated by Jodie Foster
Length 103 min
Country USA
US Release CT Premiere

Monday, April 29 – 7:30pm 

Following Cocktail Reception at 6:30pm
Avon Theatre, Stamford, CT

Synopsis

She saw the future through the camera lens. The incredible story of a filmmaking pioneer and the world’s first female director. In addition to being the first female director, Alice Guy-Blaché was one of the first filmmakers to produce narrative fiction films. While running her own film studio, which was the largest pre-Hollywood studio, she was responsible for the creation of more than 1,000 films. Alice is known for experimenting with sound syncing, color tinting, interracial casting, and special effects long before the giants of early cinema had even begun to consider it. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and an investigative story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

SELECT AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Nominations:

Golden Camera: Pamela B. Green

Golden Eye: Pamela B. Green

REVIEW

“What starts as a biography turns into a detective thriller as (Director Pamela B.) Green crisscrosses the globe, searching for clues as to why Alice Guy-Blaché has been forgotten. The answer: men, mostly. The Depression hit, her philandering husband Herbert ran off to Hollywood, and Guy-Blaché retreated with her children to France, where the newly industrialized film business wasn’t welcoming to an older woman who’d been in America for over a decade. World wars didn’t help the archival process, male interviewers didn’t track her down and Guy-Blaché didn’t get a chance to search for her films until the 1950s, after many were already lost.” – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

“What starts as a biography turns into a detective thriller as (Director Pamela B.) Green crisscrosses the globe, searching for clues as to why Alice Guy-Blaché has been forgotten.” – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times