There are so many amazing woman filmmakers in the area that one might momentarily forget the wide gender inequity in the medium. Alice Fest showcases the varied work of many local woman filmmakers at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. In partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund, CDS screens an afternoon of films, and many of the filmmakers will attend.
The event is named for Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), a shamefully under-recognized film pioneer. Often called the first film director, Guy-Blaché invented many formative technical effects that allowed film to become such a compelling and unique medium for storytelling, including double exposures, masking of portions of the film picture and soundtrack synching. As Gaumont Film Co.'s head of production, Guy-Blaché directed hundreds of films in a quarter-century-long career, most of which have been lost or credited to male colleagues. Seating is limited, so an e-mail RSVP is required: firstname.lastname@example.org. The event runs 2–5 p.m., with doors open at 1:30. Visit cds.aas.duke.edu. —Chris Vitiello