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 Loyola Film Festival and the My Hero International Film Festival, where her film Bombingham won Best Student Narrative Short. The panel of esteemed judges for the festival included USC professors, media professionals, and activists. Bombingham also received admiration from Sarah Collins Rudolph, survivor of the 1963 church bombing that the film illustrates. Gabrielle's film Dear America has been shown at the Los Angeles Jewish Film festival, and hit reality star Todd Chrisley, wrote “…I’m watching your film now and your are so gifted…You should feel bad for those who cant truly see who you really are as it’s a loss they will never recover from.”
For the past two years Gabrielle has interned with The My Hero Project. Additionally, Gabrielle has made short films for a number of organizations, such as TEDx Olympic Blvd Women, for which she co-directed, co-edited, and starred in “I Am a Woman Who”, a short film about inspiring females. Gabrielle has also created a promotional video for Baby Buggy, an organization that donates baby supplies to families in need.
This past summer, Gabrielle 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.
The young filmmaker received the Film and Digital Media Award from her high school, New Roads, as well as the Rochester Book Award for Innovation. She’s been mentioned in numerous articles as well as a radio interview for NPR. She has also been featured in The Santa Monica Mirror, and in the Culver City News.
Gabrielle 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. Gabrielle is currently attending UCLA Film School were she is already participating in protests, walkouts, and other forms of activism. She even took the initiative of putting up positive posters advocating for peace and tolerance, which were defaced by a xenophobic hate group.
Gabrielle is currently at video editing intern at Complex, the award-winning media platform for youth culture, and most recently worked as a production assistant and coordinator for the Lana Del Rey Complex cover shoot.