Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, this film is a testimony to one of the most under-recognized, yet important filmmakers. Alice Guy-Blaché was active beginning in the late 19th century, and one of the first to make a narrative fiction film. From 1896 to 1906 she was probably the only female filmmaker in the world. She experimented with Gaumont’s Chronophone sound syncing system, color tinting, interracial casting, and special effects. She was also a founder and artistic director of the Solax Studios, which in 1912 invested in a new studio in Fort Lee, NJ, which was the center of American filmmaking prior to the establishment of Hollywood. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film about this pioneering female filmmaker 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.
Sponsored by Ernest & Martha Clayton Logemann in honor of their daughters Katherine & Anna