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Robert Redford-Produced Doc on Pioneering Director Alice Guy-Blache, 'Be Natural,' Reaches Its Kickstarter Goal UPDATE

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2013 at 12:36PM

UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign for documentary "Be Natural," on pioneering French female director Alice Guy-Blache, has reached its goal of $200,000. Co-directors Pamela Green and Jarik Van Sluijs have already interviewed a handful of big names for the project, including Robert Redford, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor, Ava DuVernay and Ben Kingsley.
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Robert Redford in "Be Natural"
Robert Redford in "Be Natural"

UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign for documentary "Be Natural," on pioneering French female director Alice Guy-Blache, has reached its goal of $200,000. Co-directors Pamela Green and Jarik Van Sluijs have already interviewed a handful of big names for the project, including Robert Redford, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor, Ava DuVernay and Ben Kingsley.

Be Natural, Julie Delpy

EARLIER: More news from the world of Kickstarter. A documentary feature on pioneering French female director Alice Guy-Blache, who helmed one of the first narrative films ever made (1896's "La fee aux choux"), is seeking $200K in additional funding. The doc, titled "Be Natural" by Pamela Green and Jarik Van Sluijs, has some big names appearing as talking heads, including Robert Redford (also acting as executive producer), Julie Delpy, Ben Kingsley and Diablo Cody, with Jodie Foster narrating.

The film's Kickstarter page describes its needed funding for, among other things, "2D and 3D CGI recreations of locations, technologies, objects and settings of Alice's story." Check out the video below.

This article is related to: News, Jodie Foster, Julie Delpy, Diablo Cody, Documentary, Documentaries, Robert Redford


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.