Green’s brilliant film. Zeitgeist Films co-founders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo said, “We couldn’t be more enthused to begin working on Pamela B. Alice Guy-Blaché directed over 1,000 films from 1896 to 1920, as well as being one of the only women to manage her own studio during that period, yet she remains relatively unknown. We feel it is our duty and pleasure to help acquaint audiences with this formidable woman."
The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Andrew Herwitz, President of The Film Sales Company.
EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announced today that it has acquired North American rights for Pamela B. It recently joined the Documentary Feature Oscar race , and after a qualifying run this year will be rolled out in theaters by Zeitgeist in early 2019, followed later in the year by VOD and home video releases via Kino Lorber. Green’s documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blache. The film, narrated by Jodie Foster, centers on the life and accomplishments of the world’s first female filmmaker and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics Section, and also screened at the Telluride, New York, Deauville, BFI London film festivals.
The film also has features interviews with Alice Guy’s daughter Simone Blaché, Evan Rachel Wood, Ava Duvernay, Catherine Hardwicke, Geena Davis, Julie Taymor, Julie Delpy, Gale Anne Hurd and many more. Over the course of 8 years, Green researched and traced the circumstances of how this trailblazer faded from cinema history in an industry that she had helped create.
Pamela B. Green, who has worked diligently to get this film completed says, "I’m very excited about working with the Zeitgeist and Kino Lorber teams on getting the story of a woman we all ought to know — Alice Guy Blaché, the mother of cinema — out into the world.”
A sign was even posted up in her studio that read “Be Natural”. In 1896 she wrote, directed and produced one of the first narrative films ever made, La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy). She was one of the first directors to use important film techniques like synchronized sound, and pioneered the development of naturalistic acting for the screen, now taken for granted. In 1912, she directed A Fool and His Money, one of the earliest surviving all-black-cast films. It is a tribute to and celebration of the French filmmaker and film executive who started in the movie business in 1894 as a secretary at Gaumont Studios for inventor Léon Gaumont and rose to become Head of Production. She directed over a thousand comedies, westerns, dramas that touched on women’s empowerment, child abuse, race, immigration and sexuality and later owned her own production company, Solax in 1910 in New York. Her career came to an abrupt end by 1919, and she and her films were largely forgotten. The terrific and enlightening documentary , which I first wrote about for Deadline after seeing its emotional World Premiere in Cannes, plays like a detective biopic in tracing the career and legacy of this pioneering filmmaker and could not be more timely in this era of women finally beginning to get their due in the movie industry.
Our sister company Zeitgeist, with their unrivaled track record releasing films by women, is the perfect team to execute a top notch theatrical release for Pamela’s audience-friendly film.” Green’s engaging documentary is the perfect complement to our collection of over 75 restored Alice Guy Blache titles, 14 in the Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers collection and 64 in the Gaumont collection. Lidell said, “We couldn’t think of a better way to continue our commitment to resurrecting the work of Alice Guy-Blaché than with Be Natural. Pamela B.