Gabrielle Gorman, an 19-year-old filmmaker in Los Angeles, California, combines her passion for filmmaking and social justice to inspire change. Gabrielle’s films have won awards at numerous film festivals, including the Westflix Film Festival where Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin presented her with the Aaron Sorkin Writing Award in 2016.
In January, Gorman was asked to attend the 2018 Sundance Film Festival as a YoungArts x Sundance Ignite fellow. This past summer, she interned at Complex, the award-winning digital media company, where she worked with artists like Lana Del Rey and The Game. In the summer of 2016, Gorman was given the opportunity to shadow director Jann Turner on the set of her favorite show, How To Get Away With Murder. Gabrielle spent two weeks on the set observing and gaining invaluable knowledge about being successful in the industry from Jann as well as the amazing cast and crew. Gabrielle is one of seven filmmakers in the country to be named a YoungArts Winner. YoungArts is a program which nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts. Through YoungArts, Gabrielle was nominated to be a U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest honor awarded to young artists in the nation.
Gorman has collaborated with a number of non-profits like TEDx, Baby Buggy, and the California Endowment for the Arts. She has also discussed her films in publications like Essence, Bustle, and on the radio for NPR. Last year, her short film, Dear America, was even featured in a PBS special.
Gorman uses film to inspire change in the world by encouraging positive social change, breaking cultural boundaries, and motivating empathy in the lives of her audience. Gorman is currently attending UCLA Film School were she is involved in the Undergraduate Student Associations Council as a director of the Campus Safety Team and "Let's Talk About..." initiative.