39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - April 9-25, 2020Luminaries Tribute – Alice Guy-Blaché

Luminaries Tribute – Alice Guy-Blaché

The MSPIFF Luminaries Tribute Program recognizes notable filmmakers for their contributions to the medium of filmmaking and for artistic talents that have been instrumental in promoting a higher regard for the art of film around the world. For 2019, we are proud to honor the work of pioneering French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché with a screening of the new documentary about her amazing career and a collection of her recently-restored films.


Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Friday, April 12, 2019 – 6:30pm

Director Pamela B. Green will be in attendance!

This energetic documentary about the trailblazing filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing how the first woman director, screenwriter, and producer revolutionized the film industry, made over 1,000 films in the early 1900s, then was all but erased from history. Narrated by Jodie Foster, this documentary expertly ensures her game-changing accomplishments will no longer be ignored.

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Centerpiece Salon: A Celebration of Women & Film
Friday, April 12, 2019 – 8:30pm-10:30pm – A-Mill Artists Lofts Gallery Room

Cocktail Party at A-Mill Artists Lofts Gallery Room
Following screening of Be Natural

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Alice Guy-Blaché Retrospective
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 9:15AM

MSPIFF unveils a very special collection of recently-restored films from the pioneering French filmmaker.

  • Algie the Miner – 1912 – 10 min. – Music by Liz Magnes
  • The Litle Rangers – 1912 – 12 min. – Music by Andrew Earle Simpson
  • A Fool and His Money – 1912 – 11 min. – Music by Carolyn Swartz
  • Matrimony’s Speed Limit – 1913 – 14 min. – Music by Liz Magnes
  • The Ocean Waif – 1916 – 36 min. – Starring Carlyle Blackwell and Doris Kenyon

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Women & Film Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 12:00pm-2:00pm

Women filmmakers, critics and producers offer revealing glimpses into filmmaking and storytelling from women’s perspective.

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Women & Film Tribute Events generously sponsored by: