Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

/ / 2020, Feature Films, Virtual

Virtual Showing
2018 | USA | 103 min | Documentary
Director: Pamela B. Green
Producers: Pamela B. Green, Cosima Littlewood

Narrated by Jodie Foster, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create. Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

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