Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights for Pamela B. Green’s documentary, “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.”
Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film centers on the life and accomplishments of the world’s first female filmmaker and had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The film plays like a detective biopic in tracing the career and legacy of the pioneering Guy-Blaché and could not be more timely in this era of women finally beginning to get their due in the movie industry.
The French filmmaker and film executive started in the movie business in 1894 as a secretary at Gaumont Studios for inventor Léon Gaumont and rose to become Head of Production.
In 1896 she wrote, directed, and produced one of the first narrative films ever made, “La Fée aux Choux” (The Cabbage Fairy).
Guy-Blaché directed over a thousand comedies, westerns, dramas that touched on women’s empowerment, child abuse, race, immigration, and sexuality and later owned her own production company, Solax, in New York.
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