Alice Guy-Blaché was a pioneering French filmmaker who made films at the origin of cinema in the late 1800’s. She made her first film in 1896 and went on to have a 20-year career in France and in the United States, where she wrote, directed and/or produced over 1,000 films (shorts and features). Her work includes comedies, westerns, and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as gender inequality, immigration, anti-semitism, child abuse, female empowerment, and planned parenthood. She also made the earliest extant narrative film with an all African-American cast. Assembled with the help of documentary director Pamela Greene this program of shorts reveals the visionary talent of Alice Guy-Blaché.

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