Shiver Me Timbers

Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché.

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs

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A documentary searching for Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director, became a powerful figure in film, then vanished.
Backers: 3840
Average Pledge Per Backer: $57

Funded: $219,263 of $200,000
Dates: Jul 27th -> Aug 27th (32 days)
Project By: Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs
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Latest News

Research 101: The Fashion Historian

August 26th - via:
Hello to all the new Alice backers!  Happy Women's Equality Day, and happy last day of the Be Natural campaign! Thank you for all your support and love for Alice.  Here's one last update for you to share before the campaign is over in 6 hours! ... (Read More)

WE MADE IT!!! Virtual group hug!!!

August 25th - via:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!!! Great job, everyone! :) Thank you so much! We've reached our $200k goal, and we're very very very grateful to all of you! We knew that if enough of you got to know of Alice, you would fall... (Read More)

Research 101: The Lost Interview - ON VIMEO

August 25th - via:
Ok, let's try this again. As you've probably found out by now, the link on Kickstarter is not working. They've been having some problems today. But we don't give up, so we went ahead and posted the video on VIMEO for you. Let's hope this works :)... (Read More)

Research 101: The Lost Interview - REDUX

August 25th - via:
(Hi Again. Sorry if this is a repeat update for you. Kickstarter has been having some technical difficulties today!) Hi Everyone! Thank you for your support! We are so close that we felt we had to give you another update! :) When we started out, we... (Read More)

Research 101: The Lost Interview

August 25th - via:
Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for your support so far! We are so close that we felt we had to give you another update! :) When we started out, we had to go back in time to the people who tried to resurrect Alice, and were still alive to tell us... (Read More)

We're 3000+ strong!!! Only $22,000 more to the finish line!!!

August 24th - via:
TEAM ALICE IS NOW 3000+ STRONG AND COUNTING!!! THIS IS AMAZING AND INSPIRING!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVALUABLE SUPPORT!!! We have less than $22,000 to go to reach our goal. And with your help we can! We're on pins and needles...... (Read More)

Kickstarter brings Alice back to her Chilean roots!

August 23rd - via:
We had to share this. Alice got half a page today in the biggest newspaper in Chile, the land of her childhood! Journalist Daniel Olave, correspondent for El Mercurio newspaper found out about Be Natural on Kickstarter, and wrote this wonderful... (Read More)

Alice's fans speak to the press!

August 23rd - via:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You're making it happen!!!  Be Natural is almost at 75% of its goal! The plan keeps working, and everybody who finds out about Alice wants her story told. Today, some of her fans spoke to the press so we can get the... (Read More)

Research 101: The Film Collector

August 22nd - via:
First of all, WHAO, WHAT A DAY! The number of backers is off the charts.  THANK YOU!!! KEEP SHARING!!! Welcome to all the new Team Alice members! (Please make sure you check out all the previous updates.) We're so excited and inspired by your... (Read More)

ALICE GOES VIRAL!!! We're at 53% of our goal! 15% in one day, SO FAR!!!

August 22nd - via:
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!! OMG, IT IS HAPPENING!!!  Finally, Alice has found her audience!  WE'VE ADDED 680+ NEW FOLLOWERS since YESTERDAY! Welcome to Team Alice! We're going to make it! Together we will tell Alice's story! Keep sharing, and tell... (Read More)


August 22nd - via:
WELCOME TO ALL THE 500+ NEW BACKERS!!! You are now part of Team Alice! And we've gone viral!!! Before you do anything else, please watch some of our previous updates, they will blow your mind! We promise :) And SHARE them, because only through your... (Read More)

Thank you, Kickstarter! This is why Alice's story must be told!

August 21st - via:
Thank you, Kickstarter! Today, Robert Dassanowsky felt compelled to contact us after seeing Be Natural on Kickstarter. We're so happy he did! He is a film historian, an independent film producer, and professor of film studies at the University of... (Read More)


August 21st - via:
Another great morning! Alice is BACK IN THE NEWS! THE DAILY BEAST (NEWSWEEK): The First Woman Behind a Camera, Now Forgotten KCRW: ...the story of the most important woman in film you’ve never heard of MOVIEMAKER: Crowdfunder of the Week: Be... (Read More)

We have to visualize it to make it! GO TEAM ALICE!!!

August 20th - via:
Let's visualize together! That is what Alice did! What an amazing day! Today, there are more than 720 of us! Welcome to all the new backers. You are part of Team Alice now, but our job is not done yet! :) We have 6 DAYS TO GO, and in order to... (Read More)

Alice is on CNN today!

August 19th - via:
Thank you everyone, THE PLAN IS WORKING, so keep at it!  We're at 680+ backers, the rate of pledges is increasing, and WE'RE IN THE NEWS! CNN: Trying to get first woman director her due Huffington Post: Alice Guy-Blaché: The First Geek So keep... (Read More)

Kickstarter 101: What happens if you don't make your goal?

August 19th - via:
For all those new to Kickstarter and because lately we're getting this question quite often, here is the answer:  IF WE DON'T MAKE OUR GOAL ON KICKSTARTER, WE DON'T GET ANY OF THE MONEY!!! EVERYONE WILL BE REFUNDED, THE FILM WILL NOT GET MADE, AND... (Read More)

REALITY CHECKED - one week to go!!!

August 19th - via:
Welcome to all the new backers! 100+ of you have joined us since Friday!!! That is amazing, but your job is not done! We have ONE WEEK TO GO, and in order to reach our goal we need to stick to the plan we laid out in Update #18!  Basically, SUCCESS... (Read More)

Research 101: Meet the Historians

August 16th - via:
What a day!!! Be Natural has reached 1/4 of the goal!!!! Welcome to all the new backers! Don't miss out on our previous updates. There are some very cool hidden treasures in there! Alice's story has slowly been re-discovered over the last five... (Read More)

500+ Backers! Wow! Thank you! (IMPORTANT MESSAGE)

August 16th - via:
Hi Everyone, With your support and help we've reached 500+ backers to tell Alice's story. Woohooo! Thank you! As you know, we only have 10 days to go, so keep sharing and telling all the people you know, the people you kinda know, and the people you... (Read More)

Crowdfunding 101: Take Action, 11 days to go!

August 15th - via:
Thank you everyone! We're at 20% of our goal, and we're about to enter the final stretch of our campaign. This is it!  In order to reach our goal we've designed a plan that involves all of our backers. We need you! With your help, we can save Alice,... (Read More)

"I Met Alice"

August 14th - via:
During our extensive research and detective work we hit the jackpot and came across Harry Kümmel a filmmaker that met Alice and interviewed her early in is his career on camera. Take a look and let us know what you think. Thank you.  (Read More)

Thank you Sundance Institute!

August 14th - via:
A big THANK YOU to all our backers and supporters so far! Because of you, the project is getting more and more exposure, so keep up the good work! We'd also like to thank the Sundance Institute and its founder Robert Redford for supporting Be... (Read More)

Research 101: The Master of Suspense

August 13th - via:
Thank you everyone for voting for us on Indiewire for Project of the Week. It looks like Be Natural has won, but it should be more official tomorrow! In honor of his birthday we've dedicated this update to The Master of Suspense himself, Alfred... (Read More)

We're the Project of the Day on Kickstarter today!

August 11th - via:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our new backers and to Kickstarter, for choosing Be Natural as Project of the Day today!  Please share the great news, and show off the great project you're backing!  Also, please don't forget to vote for... (Read More)

Vote for us as the Project of the Week on Indiewire!

August 11th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Petra Haden, singer and violinist, has join Be Natural!

August 9th - via:
Singer and violinist Petra Haden has joined Be Natural! Very exciting! Share the news! Click below for a special message from Petra.  (Read More)

Research 101: Doris Kenyon's Scrapbooks

August 9th - via:
Thank you for an amazing Friday, and welcome to all the new supporters! To show our appreciation, we're sharing a little more from our journey to discover the story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Doris Kenyon was an American movie start from 1915 to 1939. She... (Read More)

Composers Mark Isham and Cindy O'Connor join "Be Natural"!

August 8th - via:
We have a very special announcement to make today. Award-winning composers Mark Isham and Cindy O'Connor have joined our team! It is a real honor to be able to work with these amazing talents to tell Alice's story. Once again, this project has... (Read More)

We're the Project of the Day on Indiewire today!

August 8th - via:
Please share this.  Be Natural is Project of the Day on Indiewire.  Project of the Day: Doc about the First Woman Film Director Make sure to VOTE TOMORROW to make it Project of the Week! Some of the new pledgers today know this already because... (Read More)

"Be Natural" in the news.

August 7th - via:
Hello Everyone!  This just in! We know this is the 4th update of the day, but Be Natural has just been selected by Indiewire to be the project of the day tomorrow! Look out for it tomorrow am, and share it! Also, take a look at the press we've been... (Read More)

Seeing Alice's Films: The Tramp's Strategy (1911)

August 7th - via:
To thank you for your support, we're sharing a very special film by Alice today – one that you'll only be able to see here! As part of our research, we went to the Dutch Film Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (The Eye Institute). They have in... (Read More)

You REALLY are our only option!

August 7th - via:
This REALLY is Update #6 :)   (Read More)

You are our only option!

August 7th - via:
Thank you to all of our followers and supporters for joining us in our fight to tell Alice's story!  (Read More)

Raising Awareness: Doing whatever it takes!

August 6th - via:
Hello Alice fans!  Thank you for taking us to our $20K milestone! We are officially three weeks away from the end of our Kickstarter, and need another $180K to make our goal. Yep, not an easy task, hence we're doing whatever it takes, just like... (Read More)

Our First Supporter: Robert Redford

August 2nd - via:
A special message from our very first supporter.  Now it's up to all of us together to tell Alice's story. Keep spreading the word, and keep sharing! Thank you and have a great weekend!   (Read More)

Seeing Alice's Films: A Fool and His Money (1912)

August 1st - via:
Thank you again everyone. A lot of new backers have joined us today, and you're support through pledges, emails, tweets, and phone calls has been incredible. We couldn't help ourselves, so we're giving you another update, and brand new reward... (Read More)

Research 101

July 30th - via:
Thank you to all of Alice's fans and supporters. You are the reason that this story is going to get told. Let's keep the momentum going by continuing to share her story! When we first heard of Alice Guy-Blaché we were surprised we had never heard... (Read More)

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