Documentary in Elmhurst to reveal unsung female pioneer of cinema

Jodie Foster narrates award-winning film

ELMHURST – A little-known woman will have her turn on the big screen when the documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” is shown at 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at York Theatre in Elmhurst. It is narrated by Academy Award winner Jodie Foster.

When Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film, a news release stated.

The documentary, directed by Pamela Green, follows Guy-Blaché's  rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her illustrious 20-year career in France and the U.S. as the founder of her own studio and as writer, director or producer of 1,000 films – after which she was veritably erased from history. View a trailer at

Admission costs $6.50 for the matinee show and for senior citizens, and $9 for the evening screening at York Theatre, 150 N. York St. For information, visit