Best Bets for March 15-17 | The Bainbridge Blab

This weekend’s Best Bets are in the same place, but very different tones.

First, the documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” will play at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s Frank Buxton Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15.

Hosted by Cynthia Sears and John Ellis, the film explores the life and work of Guy-Blaché (July 1, 1873 – March 24, 1968), a French film pioneer and one of the first people to make a narrative fiction film. She is considered by many to have been the first female filmmaker, and from 1896 to 1919 directed more than a thousand films, some 150 of which survive, and 22 of which are feature-length movies.

She was a boundary pusher in her life and work, experimenting with color tinting, interracial casting, and special effects, though her name has long been absent or rarely recorded in film history. “Be Natural,” directed by Pamela B. Green and narrated by Jodie Foster, investigates the full scope of her life and work.

Tickets are $10 each for members, $12 for non-members, visit to purchase.

Then, on Saturday, Imagined Reality Improv returns to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at 7 p.m.

Everything is made up on-the-spot from audience suggestions — very similar to the short-form comedy of the “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” TV show.

Beer and wine will be available before the show, starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds from pre-show refreshments go to benefit BIMA.

All ages are welcome to attend, though officials do anticipate some PG-13 content.

Tickets, $10 each, $8 for students, seniors and military members, are available online, visit to purchase.

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