The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Beyond the Bolex

Switzerland | 2018 | 95 min
English, French | Subtitles in English
Editing: Carlos David Rivera
Cinematographer: Joseph Areddy
Producer: Sarah George, Diana Holtzberg, Camilo Lara Jr., Werner Schweizer, Nicolas Wadimoff
Composer: Corey Wallace
Director: Alyssa Bolsey
Categories :
FIFA Competition


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Canadian Premiere

Filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey was lucky enough to find what every filmmaker would love to find: an archive of an ancestor who was also a filmmaker. Diving into boxes full of documents, old film reels, vintage cameras, fading photos and technical drawings she discovered the person who first conceived the memorable small-format Bolex cameras, her great-grandfather Jacques Bolsey. Here begins a journey of personal self-discovery, both physical and emotional, that will lead the young director to discover who this forgotten inventor was, what he did, where he lived and worked and why he had to move from one country to another to escape the war. And meanwhile, the viewer has the opportunity to get to know the home movies made by Jacques Bolsey, the nuances of the former big Bolex company, and listen to the filmmakers who worked with them, such as Jonas Mekas or Wim Wenders.

DOC NYC, United States (2018)
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece (2019)
Raindance Film Festival
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, United States (2019)
Newport Beach Film Festival, United States (2019)


Alyssa Bolsey

Alyssa Bolsey began writing and directing short films as a kid. While still in High School, she directed a short documentary entitled “Wild Horses.” This work was screened at various art galleries in the US and was described by KPBS as "an insightful look at the artistic process." In University, her fictional short “I. Hero” was featured in rotation on the San Diego, California television show, “The Short List” from 2007-2010. Alyssa graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a degree in Television, Film and New Media, with an emphasis on directing. She spent the next two years working at Creative Artists Agency, starting in the mailroom. She left CAA to direct a feature documentary about her great-grandfather Jacques Bolsey, the inventor of the iconic Bolex camera. Beyond the Bolex made its World Premiere at DOC NYC 2018. In May of 2019, Alyssa was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival for Beyond the Bolex.

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