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Women to Watch: Alice Guy-Blaché, the First Woman Director

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz August 28, 2013 at 3:10PM

Kickstarter has raised more than the $200,000 goal with 6 hours to go. We will get to see an entire researched transmedia and filmed project to rediscover the first woman director, 1895, Alice Guy-Blaché, a French woman who was raised in Chile
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Alice Guy-Blaché
Alice Guy-Blaché

Kickstarter has raised more than the $200,000 goal with 6 hours to go. We will get to see an entire researched transmedia and filmed project to rediscover the first woman director, 1895, Alice  Guy-Blaché, a French woman who was raised in Chile and went on to build the first studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey and her films. The filmmakers, Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs, have 6 hours to begin raising post-production funds now.

Each time they announced, they got more coverage - The Wrap covering women directors Julie Traymor, Catherine Hardwick and Julie-Anne Robinson and why they support this project, and now A Fool and His Money, the first film on record with an all African American cast in contemporary times, hopefully will be covered by Shadow and Act.  Here you can see some footage and hear about its discovery at a flea market in Bakersfield.

If this link is open to the public, you can follow the entire campaign which was really a lot of fun because I cared so much about this film.  

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is documentary searching for Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director, became a powerful figure in film, then vanished. 

Robert Redford himself is the Executive Producer.  How could this NOT have raised its small budget? This is one I wanted to give my money to, and so did everyone else who heard about it. 3,800 donors gave.


This article is related to: Video, Women in Film, Robert Redford

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