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Alyssa Bolsey – Beyond the Bolex #JIFF2019

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Beyond the Bolex is a journey into the, until now, untold story of one of the most beloved and widely used pieces of technology in all of film history.

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17 min. and 22 sec.

PODCAST | Cristiana Palmieri interviews Alyssa Bolsey, director of the film Beyond the Bolex.

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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. 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 (source

Beyond the Bolex: The Bolex camera has been a trusty tool for filmmakers since its introduction in the 1920s. In this personal film, Alyssa Bolsey delves into her family’s history to uncover the story of the camera’s inventor, her great-grandfather Jacques Bolsey. A Russian refugee living in neutral Switzerland during WWI, Bolsey developed the iconic Bolex as a way to democratise image-making. Archival footage and interviews with renowned filmmakers who still swear by Bolsey’s invention offer an ode to the man and his movie camera.

To discover more about the film, click here.



  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Alyssa Bolsey
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Beyond the Bolex
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