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One thing that is true of all early cinema, silent cinema, and early talkies: without preservation and conservation, the films eventually disintegrate. That's if we even know where they are to begin with.

Alice Guy was born on July 1, 1873, in a Parisian suburb. It was the first day in what would be an incredible, adventurous, and ground-breaking life. 

For a complete chronology of her life and accomplishements, go here.

While doing research for a chapter on the Third Annual New York Exhibitors Ball of  1913 for Inventing the Movies, I had a sudden insight.

The New York Exhibitors Ball of 1913, third of its kind, was an event of extraordinary liminality, a crossroad between the old and new worlds of the cinema that even the thousands of film manufacturers and fans were probably not aware of at the time.

Alice Guy in 1896Alice Guy in 1896

British Pathé Archive has put much of its archives online. This is a great bonanza for early film fans.

For example, you can see pre-1910 footage here:

Florence LaBadie in Star of Bethlehem PosterFlorence LaBadie in Star of Bethlehem Poster— Nearly 100 years after the death of silent film star Florence La Badie, a headstone with her name has been unveiled at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Two articles have appeared recently on the PIC agencies ongoing development of a documentary about Alice Guy, for which they optioned my book:





The Women Film Pioneers Project, an database that includes "careergrophies" for numerous early women filmmakers from all over the world, is now live.

At least the first part (Phase I) covering the Unites States, and Latin America.

Phase II will include Australia, Canada, and much of Europe.