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.

Upcoming Screenings

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
4/24 6:15 PM Five Flags Bijou
4/25 9:30 AM Holiday Inn Blue Moon Room
4/27 2:45 PM Creative Adventure Lab

Newport Beach Film Festival
Thursday, May 2nd at 7:45pm
Triangle theater 5
1870 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States

Recent News


Highlighted as one of “8 Documentaries to Watch at 2018 DOC NYC”
Beyond the Bolex
screened at DOC NYC on Nov 8, 2018 to great reviews.

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