Filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché (with hat) on set of The Life Of Christ in Fon-Tainebleau, France, in 1906Courtesy of Collection Société française de photographie
Screening – Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
In recent years, Hollywood has come under scrutiny for its unequal representation of women and minorities in film, with the #MeToo movement revealing the problematic and systemic power structure that women have long struggled against to establish their careers. While 20 years ago, 100 female filmmakers gathered at the Miramar Summit to discuss and commit to the idea of 50/50 representation behind the camera, this year’s Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations still failed to include a single female director. This makes the story of Alice Guy-Blaché even more remarkable.
In 1894, at the age of 21, Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer, making films before Hollywood was even Hollywood. By 1896, Guy-Blaché was made head of production at Gaumont, where she began directing films. In 1910 with her husband, she moved from Paris to Flushing, New York then to Fort Lee, New Jersey where she founded her own company, Solax. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché – narrated by Jodie Foster – 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. Immediately after this screening, director Green and co-writer Joan Simon will be present to answer questions from the audience.
Pamela B. Green is the producer, director, editor, and co-writer of the feature documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was an Official Selection of Deauville American Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in 2019 to great critical acclaim in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and will open in theaters in the UK and France in 2020. Be Natural was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Documentary Award.
As the founder of PIC – an entertainment and motion design boutique based in Los Angeles – Green has creative directed, produced, and directed feature film main titles, motion graphics, music videos, and award packages, and advised on internal story sequences for The Bourne Identity series, The Muppets, Twilight, Supergirl, and many more.
Joan Simon is a writer, curator, editor, and arts administrator who works independently for museums, foundations, publishers, and media organizations in the United States and Europe. With director Pamela B. Green, Simon co-wrote Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché and is one of the film’s executive producers. As curator-at-large for the Whitney Museum (2004-2009), she organized Alice Guy-Blaché: Cinema Pioneer (2009), the first comprehensive presentation of her French and American films and its award-winning catalogue (Yale University Press).
In this arresting and iconic exhibition – curated by Vanity Fair’s creative development editor David Friend, and the magazine’s former director of photography Susan White – Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades.Learn More