OKAY GUYS I DON’T NORMALLY DO THIS BUT…
Today I was introduced to a this lovely human being. Her name is Alice Guy-Blaché. Heard of her? Neither did I at first. BUT WE ALL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HER BECAUSE:
1. She was the first female director.
2. She was one of the first pioneer directors of narrative film.
3. She directed, wrote and/or produced over 1000 films (YOU READ THAT RIGHT).
4. She pioneered the technology to sync sound to film.
5. She created the first film with an entire African-American cast.
6. She was the first woman to build and run a film studio (and technically still is the only woman to do so).
7. And did I mention that she started her career when she was 23 AND IN THE LATE 1800s?!
This was a time where woman were not even allowed to vote yet. Business and film at that time was completely dominated by men. Her chances in that time to be in the industry would have been unheard of. But she did, AND SHE WAS FRIGGIN AWESOME. She paved the way for fictional film to what we see today. But you rarely see her name or her works in any cinema history book or school. There is a few people trying to bring her back into the history books. But they’ve run out of funds and need more money. They only have 4 days left and have just passed their half way goal. I don’t want to force anyone to donate but if anyone is interested in documentaries and cinema like myself, they should definitely take a look at this project and ESPECIALLY start looking at Alice’s story. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/benatural/be-natural-the-untold-story-of-alice-guy-blache
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