SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host a screening and discussion of the documentary 'Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché' on October 18 beginning at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow with Katie Chamber, Director of Community Engagement at New York Women in Film and Television.
The film profiles Guy-Blaché, a pioneer filmmaker who founded Solax Studio in Fort Lee and made at least 1,000 films by 1920. Fewer than 200 have been found.
When Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. 'Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy- Blaché' follows her rise from Gaumont secretary in Paris to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year career in France and the United States as the founder of her own studio in Fort Lee, and as writer, director, and/or producer of 1,000 films -- after which she was veritably erased from history.
Narrated by Jodie Foster and directed by Pamela B. Green, the 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.
The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be purchased by visiting summitfilmsociety.com or reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.