Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Friday, April 26 - Thursday, May 16, 2019

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning – in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910 – they started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten.

Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster. — New York Film Festival

Official selection: Cannes Film Festival; Telluride Film Festival; New York Film Festival

“A timely contribution to the conversation about the challenges facing women filmmakers… someone who really should be better known by now.” – The Hollywood Reporter

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 103 minutes
  • Distributor Zeitgeist Films
  • Director Pamela B. Green
  • Writer Pamela B. Green, Joan Simon
  • Editor Pamela B. Green
  • Cast Alice Guy-Blaché, Lake Bell, Diablo Cody, Peter Billingsley, Geena Davis, Julie Delpy, Ava DuVernay, Elsie Fisher, Anne Fontaine, Jodie Foster, Catherine Hardwicke, Michel Hazanavicius, Peter Farrelly, Walter Murch, Ben Kingsley, Andy Samberg, Evan Rachel Wood, Agnes Varda

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