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Beyond The Bolex

Beyond The Bolex

In the 1920s immigrant inventor Jacques Bolsey aimed to disrupt the early film industry with a motion picture camera for the masses: the iconic Bolex. Over 90 years later, filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey pieces together the fragments of a forgotten family archive to reveal the epic story of her great-grandfather in “Beyond the Bolex.” Interviewing family members and renowned filmmakers, Alyssa travels to Switzerland, and delves into Jacques' personal diary, film reels and collected images in order to understand the man and his impact on generations of filmmakers. More about the film here.


One of “the most notable and recommended” films at DOC NYC…“Beyond the Bolex is, yes, a film history about how a sturdy 16mm camera introduced in the 1920s revolutionized filmmaking for both amateurs and professionals, but it’s also a detective story.”
– David Morgan, CBSNews.com

“It all comes together in a fascinating mix, making of Beyond the Bolex not only a great biopic, but also a marvelous celebration of the art of cinema, as well.”
–  Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

Highlighted as one of “8 Documentaries to Watch at 2018 DOC NYC”… “Using materials from family photos as well the possibly limitless hours of footage shot from a Bolex, Bolsey paints a picture of the Steve Jobs like inventor/designer.”
– Michael Piantini, Vimooz

“Archival footage and interviews with renowned filmmakers who still swear by Bolsey’s invention offer an ode to the man and his movie camera.”
 NY Blueprint

More Press here.

Director: Alyssa Bolsey   Writers: Alyssa Bolsey, Tchavdar Georgiev
Producers: Alyssa Bolsey, Camilo Lara Jr., Werner Schweizer, Nicolas Wadimoff
Executive Producers: Sarah George, Diana Holtzberg
Director of Photography: Camilo Lara Jr., Joseph Areddy    Editors: Carlos David Rivera, Alyssa Bolsey, Julie Janata, Vincent Plüss
Original Music: Corey Wallace
2018, USA/Switzerland, 91 min, in English

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