Kickstart Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, the First Female Director
Alice Guy-Blache
Kickstart Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, the First Female Director

Kickstart Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, the First Female Director

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Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs premiered their documentary “Bhutto” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Now they have teamed up again to tell the story of prolific filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blache. Join the team of supporters (including Executive Producer Robert Redford) by backing their Kickstarter campaign today.

As we write this, we have only 17 days left on our Kickstarter campaign, and we still need to raise more than $170,000 so that we can go on making the documentary about the first female film director, Alice Guy-Blaché. Even though we have great people giving us their names, their time, and their support, we can't find financing in Hollywood for our project. We have Jodie Foster as the narrator and interviews of Sir Ben Kingsley, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Delpy, Ava DuVernay, Kevin MacDonald and Julie Taymor, to name a few. And, Robert Redford is our Executive Producer! Please make sure to watch the Kickstarter update #3 in which he talks about the importance of bringing this story to the big screen.

Our film industry colleagues were very surprised that they have never heard of Alice, and they all agree that she is the woman we ought to know. In 1895, 23-year-old Alice Guy was invited to the Lumière Brothers’ screening. In 1896, at the age of 23 she made one of the first narrative films in history. A year later, Alice became the first Head of Production of Gaumont studios. Gaumont still exists today, making films like The Fifth Element, The Professional and The Intouchables. Alice went on to become the first woman to start her own studio Solax in the U.S. in 1910. She wrote, directed, or produced more than 1,000 films of all kinds and then vanished from history.

When we first heard about Alice, we knew right away that we had to tell her story. Alice had it all: dreams, passion and determination. Using our unique storytelling approach, we will shed light on Alice's story and show the world what an amazing pioneer she was by setting an example for future generations. We are hoping not only to inform but also to entertain and finally put Alice back into history where she belongs.

The era in which the cinema was born is an amazing time to explore and there is no better guide than Alice herself. With Alice by our side, Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché will take you back to the past, place you next to her, and look into her future—our present. Our documentary will not be possible without a successful Kickstarter campaign, and we hope that by sharing part of Alice's amazing story with you, we have inspired you to find out more about her and our documentary Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché.

Thank you.