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Still from Alyssa Bolsey’s Beyond the Bolex (2021) courtesy Alyssa Bolsey

Beyond the Bolex

Summer of 16mm: Celebrating 100 Years of Film

  • Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

In the 1920s, visionary, inventor, and Jewish immigrant Jacques Bolsey aimed to disrupt the early film industry with a motion picture camera for the masses: the iconic Bolex. Over 90 years later, fragments of a forgotten family archive reveal the epic story of director Alyssa Bolsey’s great-grandfather. Interviewing family members, as well as renowned filmmakers, Bolsey travels to Switzerland, and delves into Jacques' personal diary, film reels, and collected images in order to understand the man and his vast impact on generations of filmmakers. (Alyssa Bolsey, 2021, digital, 105 minutes)