The ByTowne has closed, but has re-opened temporarily to present "The Best Of The ByTowne"
February 26 to March 7

For a schedule of films in the series, click here.

As at Sunday, February 28th, all shows are SOLD OUT.

Some returned tickets may become available; check this link.   Thank you, Ottawa!

Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blaché

She saw the future through the camera lens

“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

Poster for the doc on female filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché, Be NaturalAlice 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.

But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 – that’s right, one thousand – films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film, narrated by Jodie Foster, is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory.

– New York Film Festival

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