Film Commission Honors Legacy of Pioneering Filmmaker
Members gathered at a cemetery in Mahwah Sunday, where they dedicated a new marker at Alice Guy Blaché’s gravesite on the birthday of the “first woman director in cinema history”
The Fort Lee Film Commission Sunday honored pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché, who founded Solax Studio in Fort Lee 100 years ago and whose birthday was July 1, by dedicating a new marker at her gravesite—one more befitting a woman who played such an important role in cinema history.
Blaché, who died in New Jersey at the age of 95, is buried in Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, and until Sunday, her grave was only marked with her name and the dates of her birth and death, as Film Commission executive director Tom Meyers wrote in a recent column.
Now, thanks to the efforts of the Fort Lee Film Commission, the marker on Blaché’s grave reads as follows:
Alice Guy Blaché
First Woman Motion Picture Director
First Woman Studio Head
President of the Solax Company, Fort Lee, N.J.
The new marker was dedicated Sunday “to celebrate Madame Blaché’s life and work,” according to Meyers.
Photographer Christopher Costa was on hand for the dedication in Mahwah and captured these images.