Pamela B. Green, Joan Simon and Cosima Littlewood, the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, are re-teaming to create a narrative biopic based on the first-ever female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner. The script features new material found during the making of the original documentary.
Alice Guy-Blaché was active from the late 19th century and was in the room when the Lumière brothers held the first cinema screening in Paris, 1895. Inspired by what she witnessed, Guy-Blaché went on to become an in-house film-maker at the French film studio, Gaumont.
She would eventually travel to the U.S. where she became the artistic director and co-founder of Solax Studios. Guy-Blaché made over 1,000 short and silent films, including westerns, dramas and comedies, with many of them focusing on women. Her film in 1906, The Consequences of Feminism, envisioned a world where gender roles were reversed, and her 1912 film, A Fool and His Money, was probably the first movie to feature an all-African-American cast.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché was narrated by Jodie Foster and played at dozens of film festivals including Cannes, New York, Telluride and London. The new project is being produced by Geralyn White Dreyfous, who’s known for producing award-winning documentaries like Born Into Brothels and Oscar nominees The Square and The Invisible War.
Green’s most recent project, Aces Never Sleep, is a female-driven detective series. The show tells the story of America’s first female detectives in the Pinkerton Detective Agency.