Featuring interviews with Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Andy Samberg, Evan Rachel Wood, Lake Bell, and Julie Delpy among many others.
Co-Written, Directed and Produced by Pamela B. Green
Executive produced by Geralyn Dreyfous, Jodie Foster, Hugh M. Hefner, John Ptak, Robert Redford, Regina K. Scully, Joan Simon and Jamie Wolf
Narrated by Jodie Foster
Be Natural is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create. Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150 with synchronized sound during the ‘silent’ era. Her work includes comedies, westerns and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse, immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-African American cast.
Pamela B. Green has dedicated more than eight years of research in order to discover the real story of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) – not only highlighting her pioneering contributions to the birth of cinema but also her acclaim as a creative force and entrepreneur in the earliest years of movie-making. Green discovered rare footage of televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first time in Be Natural, which affords Alice Guy-Blaché to tell her own story.
BE NATURAL premiered at the Cannes, Telluride, New York, Deauville and London Film Festivals in 2018. It will open in Los Angeles on April 19, 2019, and New York on April 26 with a nationwide release to follow.