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BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY

OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE

Hugh Hefner was an ardent supporter of the arts; in particular, documentary film production and classic film restoration. He served as Executive Producer of Be Natural, the story of a female pioneer within the entertainment industry, who was largely forgotten over the years as her male counterparts rose to prominence in an early 1900s male-dominated society. Given his extensive knowledge of, and passion for film history, when the project was brought to his attention, Hef was shockedas are most peoplethat he had never heard of Alice Guy-Blaché. It was important to Hef that her story be shared with the world.

 

When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché follows her rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year career in France and in the United States, as the founder of her own studio and as writer, director, and/or producer of 1,000 films—after which she was veritably erased from history. Until now…. 

 

Directed by Pamela B. Green, the film is narrated by Jodie Foster.

After premiering at Cannes, where it was nominated for the festival's L'Œil d'or documentary prize, Be Natural was screened at Telluride, Deauville, New York, and London Film Festivals, to name a few. It was also the Opening Night Feature at the Chicago Feminist Film Festival.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Be Natural is showing at multiple theatres throughout the U.S. and internationally. For a full list of cities and openings, please click here.

CHRISTIE HEFNER & PRODUCER/DIRECTOR PAMELA B. GREEN ATTEND A SCREENING OF BE NATURAL ON OPENING NIGHT OF THE CHICAGO FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL.