Alice Guy was the first female film director. She would become the first female movie studio owner, and one of the most prominent filmmakers in the industry, making her one of the highest paid women in the U.S.
How could such an important figure in the birth of cinema be unknown to us?
So we, filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs, had a case, a real detective story. We decided to search for answers. We’ve discovered surprising new information as we began our research and interviews. It turned into a feature documentary in-the-making about Alice Guy-Blaché and the birth of cinema – Be Natural.
GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS follows acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson’s decade-long quest to create a series of haunting, surreal, and stunningly elaborate portraits of small-town American life — perfect renderings of a disturbing and imperfect world.
Last night I finally had a chance to watch The Sweatbox, the documentary about the production of Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove.
When Sting was asked to create the music for the animated feature, he did so on the condition that his wife Trudie Styler document the making of the movie — one that would turn out to involve countless story problems and struggles between the creative departments and management.
The documentary screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002, and Disney seems to have made sure it was never seen again. This work print that floats around YouTube in various places isn’t the final cut of the film (and feels a little Sting-heavy) but it gives great insight into some of the internal struggles that plagued the post-Lion King Disney.
I can’t begin to explain my love for this video, it’s amazing.
A History Of The Title Sequence by Jurjen Versteeg
“Designed as a possible title sequence for a fictitious documentary, this film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed.”
This title sequence refers to the following designers and their titles: Georges Méliès - Un Voyage Dans La Lune, Saul Bass - Psycho, Maurice Binder - Dr. No, Stephen Frankfurt - To Kill A Mockingbird, Pablo Ferro - Dr. Strangelove, Richard Greenberg - Alien, Kyle Cooper - Seven, Danny Yount - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang / Sherlock Holmes
Direction and Animation: Jurjen Versteeg / synple.nl Music and sound design: Lea Jurida / jurida.com
a documentary about artist and Pee Wee’s Playhouse set designer and voice actor Wayne White, the man whom Matt Groening describes as “a little Zach Galifianakis, a little Snuffy Smith, a little Unabomber.” The film is premiering at SXSW in March, but let’s all hope that it comes out for a much wider audience soon after, because it looks like a great inspiration for anyone trying to be creative.
It’s a rare filmmaker who could juxtapose festive fireworks with brutal gunfire and transition from the inside of a New York coffee shop to a huddle of civilians into Afghanistan, but that’s exactly what documentarian Tim Hetherington does in “Diary” — his 19-minute film that encapsulates his decade of war reporting.