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Film Info
  • Year: 2018
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 103 mins
  • Color and B&W
  • Language: English

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910—they started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster. –New York Film Festival

BE NATURAL premiered at the Cannes, Telluride, New York, Deauville and London Film Festivals in 2018. It opened in Los Angeles on April 19, 2019, and New York on April 26 with a nationwide release to follow.

BE NATURAL is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo.

Trailers, a press kit, photos, posters and social media materials can be downloaded from our DropBox.

Pamela B. Green

Originally from New York, Pamela B. Green lived most of her life in Europe and Israel and as a result, is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Hebrew. In 2005, she founded PIC, an entertainment and motion design boutique based in Los Angeles, California. Green’s work ranges from feature film main titles, motion graphics, creative directing, directing and producing music videos and commercials. She is known in the industry for creating titles sequences and story sequences using her knowledge of graphic design, animation, editorial, and rare archival stock footage research.

Green recently founded Legwork Collective, whose “media detectives” find and obtain rights to unusual and rarely seen before footage, stills, audio, and artifacts for use in feature films, documentaries, TV series, commercials and other industries outside of entertainment.

Nominated for an Emmy for the documentary Bhutto, Pamela B. Green has produced main titles, created and advised on internal story sequences and marketing campaigns for films such as the Bourne series, Fast and Furious, The Muppets, Rings and several Marvel comic book franchises. She has also worked on films such as The Cabin the Woods and The Kingdom. For television and streaming, she has created titles for SupergirlThe Flash, and Quantico among many others.

In addition, Pamela B. Green has creative directed and produced TV show and award show packages for, among others, the Academy Awards, Billboard Awards, and Critics Choice Awards, and MTV Awards.

Narrated by Jodie Foster


Featuring

Alice Guy-Blaché

with

Agnès Varda
Alan Williams
Alison McMahan
Anastasia Masaro
Anand Tucker
Andy Samberg
Anne Fletcher
Anne Fontaine
Ava DuVernay
Ben Kingsley
Bobby Cohen
Bryony Dixon
Catherine Hardwicke
Cathy Schulman
Cari Beauchamp
Cecile Starr
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Diablo Cody
Dino Everett
Drake Stutesman
Elsie Fisher
Evan Rachel Wood
Frederik Du Chau
Floria Sigismondi
Gale Anne Hurd
Geena Davis
Gillian Armstrong
Howard Cohen
James Bobin
Jan-Christopher Horak
Janeane Garofalo
Jane Gaines
Jean-Michel Frodon
Joan Simon
John Bailey
Jon M. Chu
Julie Anne Robinson
Julie Corman
Julie Delpy
Julie Taymor
Kevin Macdonald
Kevin Stitt
Lake Bell
Marc Abraham
Marc Wanamaker
Mark Stetson
Mark Romanek
Marjane Satrapi
Maxine Haleff
Michel Hazanavicius
Neil Hunt
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Patty Jenkins
Peter Billingsley
Peter Farrelly
Peter Decherney
Pierre-William Glenn
Rob Haworth
Robert von Dassanowsky
Richard Abel
Serge Bromberg
Stephanie Allain
Tom Meyers
Vadim Perelman
Valerie Steele
Vanessa Schwartz
Walter Murch
Wayne Kramer

 

Music by Peter G. Adams

Film Editing by Pamela B. Green

Legal Services Greg Bernstein

Lead Photographer  Boubkar Benezabat

Production Manager Alexandra Useche

Additional Editor Emily C. Wallin

Additional Editor Stephen M. Rickert Jr.

Supervisor Sound Editor Daniel Saxlid

Post Production Supervisor Russ Paris

DI Colorist Corinne Bogdanowicz

DI Producer Christine Carr

Executive Producers

Geralyn White Dreyfous
Jodie Foster
Hugh M. Hefner
Robert Redford
Regina K. Scully
John Ptak
Joan Simon
Jamie Wolf

Co-Executive Producers

Barbara Bridges
Gerald Herman
Greg McClatchy
Dick Rosenzweig
Diane Stewart
Cameron O’Reilly

Co Producers

Cosima Littlewood
Gala Minasova

Associate Producers

Jeremy Bonham
Frank Buxton
Abigail E. Disney
Caroleen Feeney
Bruce Heavin
Nion McEvoy
Michel Merkt
Daniela Roth
Elaine Thomas
Teri Thomerson
Jarik Van Sluijs
Amanda Warren
Lynda Weinman
D.D. Wigley

Consulting Producers

Dino Everett
Alison McMahon
Anthony Slide

“CRITIC'S PICK! TREMENDOUSLY MOVING... By the end of ‘Be Natural,’ you won’t only have a clear idea of who this remarkable woman was; you may well have acquired a new taste in old movies” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Illuminating! What starts as a biography turns into a detective thriller.” – Katie Walsh, The Los Angeles Times
“A lively, entertaining and visually appealing film... Ought to be mandatory viewing for every film student and filmmaker.” – , Leonard Maltin
“A timely contribution to the conversation about the challenges facing women filmmakers…someone who really should be better known by now.” – Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
“A detective story wrapped up as a biopic…had me in tears by the time it ended. A stirring document of an amazing filmmaker!” – Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

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Playdates

Venue City State Date
ACME Screening Room Lambertville NJ June 9, 15, 28, 2019
The Loft Cobourg, Ontario June 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, July 2, 6, 2019
Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael CA June 20, 25 and 26, 2019
Broadway Metro Eugene OR June 21-26, 2019
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood Berkeley CA June 21-27, 2019
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol Sebastopol CA June 21-27, 2019
Dundee Theater Omaha NE June 21-28, 2019
The Roxie Theater San Francisco CA June 22, 23 and 26, 2019
Vic Theatre Victoria June 24-27, 2019
Avalon Theatre Grand Junction CO June 26. 2019
Time and Space Limited Hudson NY June 27, 29, 30 July 1, 4-8, 2019
Plaza Theatre Atlanta GA June 28, 2019
Miami Dade College's Tower Theatre Miami Miami FL June 29, July 6 and 14, 2019
Rosendale Theatre Rosendale NY June 30 - July 1,2019
Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo El Paso TX July 3, 2019 One night only!
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Manship Theater Baton Rogue LA July 7, 2019 One day only!
Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Grill Anchorage AK July 8, 2019 One day only!
Dairy Center for the Arts Boulder CO July 10, 2019 One day only!
Gateway Film Center 8 Columbus OH July 12-18, 2019
Cary Theater Cary NC July 13-15, 2019
Metro Cinema Edmonton July 7-13, 2019
Northwest Film Center Portland OR July 14-16, 2019
Avalon Theatre Washington DC DC July 17, 2019
Little Cinema Rochester NY July 18-22, 2019
Mayfair Theatre Ottawa, Ontario July 19 - 25, 2019
Digital Gym San Diego CA July 19-25, 2019
Library Cinema - Wheeler Film Society Aspen CO July 22-23, 2019
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit MI July 26-28, 2019
Screening Room Amherst NY July 26 - August 1, 2019
The Art Theatre Long Beach CA July 27-28, 2019
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland OH August 3-4, 2019
The Nightlight Akron OH August 10-16, 2019
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Bytowne Theater Ottawa August 13-14, 2019
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