UPWIFT Presents the First Filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché
Three Screenings of Different Films by Alice Guy-Blache: Event Date: Nov 30, 2016 @ 7:15 pm Event Location: The Rosendale Theater, 408 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472 Event Date: Dec 2, 2016 @ 8:00 pm Event Location: The Linda, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206 United States Event Date: Dec 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm Event Location: Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 United States
Festival kick-off at the Rosendale Theater includes a live accompaniment to the films by Marta Waterman. Films presented only in Rosendale:Matrimony’s Speed Limit, Greater Love Hath No Man, La Fée aux Choux Three short, silent films representative of the first director’s work will be presented, together with original compositions by Tamar Muskal: A House Divided, Fool and His Money, Falling Leaves. Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director and the first film studio owner. She made her first film, by her own account, in 1896 at age 23. She went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films. Alice Guy-Blaché was not only the first female director, but the first director to implement cinematic techniques during the dawn of the art form, such as the use of the close-up and directing actors to play non-theatrically. She had signs in her studio that reminded actors to “Be Natural.” She can be considered the first director (male or female), because she was the first to give direction to actors and to separate her role from the cameraman. Surprisingly, this pioneer of cinema was largely forgotten for decades. A unique part of the presentation will be a Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green, who is currently making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché for which she has been conducting extensive research for the past five years with an amazing team of detectives . (The Q&A will be Skyped in live from L.A.) Ms. Green’s efforts have made many new discoveries that change the way early cinema is known. She has secured support for the restoration of films by Alice Guy-Blaché, as well as the creation of an archive. Audience members will have the opportunity to view never-before-seen sneak-peeks from Ms. Green’s documentary.