Alice Guy | First Female Film Director and Studio Owner
Guy is one of the pivotal influencers in modern cinema, though she is often labeled as "unjustly forgotten." In 1895 her skill using what was at the time called a “biographe” or 60-millimeter motion picture camera, gave her the opportunity direct a film. Her skills led her to become head of production at a major French studio until 1907. During that time she made over 100 films. After she married a manager at the studio named Herbert Blaché, she moved to America. In 1910 she started Solax Studios, making her the first female director and studio owner. She produced two films a week, writing and directing at least half of them, all while raising two children. But Guy’s husband convinced her to close her studio and merge with his film company creating mediocre films. It was then when he began to place his name on the company prominently, leaving Guy to an insurmountable fall at the height of her career.