Interviews with crew
of the indie feature film Gabriela.
Kelly Fitzgerald- Co-producer
Im CO-producer on Gabriela. I think just over the
months of just working on Gabriela , Vince kind of guided
me through and taught me a lot of stuff and trusted me a lot.
Hes kind of like my mentor, he molded me. [While making
the film I was] twenty-two, but I believe that I am older mentally.
I didnt look it as Im a twenty-two year old young
person, I just kind of went along with it and did my best. The
mistakes that I made, Vincent was there to help me. I just didnt
see age as problem.
Everything was challenging. I guess the one thing that I actually
did have a problem with, was having people actually believe in
me, because I am younger, Im one of the youngest people
on the crew. I kept on having in my head, that everyone was looking
at me like the baby of the crew, so how can you take her seriously.
It kind of did and it kind of didnt. A lot of people might
have, until they got to know me, put the age thing up there before
the actual mentality.
I just graduated from Pepperdine University with my B.A in psychology.
When dealing with people, it was really helpful. My heart is actually
in film, I want to do more producing. Ive just been an extremely
lucky person, to actually be able to start a producing career
so young and have somebody like Vince Miller help me through it.
I started out right after I graduated on commercials. It was only
my second movie, but before Gabriela, I was a production
assistant on commercials as well as a pervious movie. I actually
had the guidance of my cousin in San Francisco who introduced
me to the idea, the thought, of being a production assistant.
She told me how to go about and how to get into it. She helped
out a lot be giving me the insights.
Everyone was great, cast and crew. JaimÉ is a complete
star. He didnt have the actor attitude of: Im superior
over everyone else. He didnt have that: oh wait on me hand
and foot. He was right there, at the same level as everybody.
He was great, he was making sure that everyone was as comfortable
as he was. Great actor, hes really an all around professional
I see it as doing very well, because it does portray the Latino
culture in a very positive way. As many people have said, the
Latino culture gets sunned down as far as everybodys a gangster,
everyone robs people, gang bang. Unfortunately, thats how
a lot of it is portrayed and Gabriela has been lucky enough
to have some of the top Latino actors in film, be in the movie
in a positive manner, where everyones a professional. The
lead actress mother was a lawyer. The lead actress, she
was getting her Ph.D. I think it will do quite well, because its
kind of like a first time thing, where people can actually look
out and say: you know, thats really how the culture is.
Funny moments...gosh, everything is kind of a funny moment. One
of the scenes is with Troy Winbush, who plays Douglas, with the
dog. At one point I turned around, without having seen the rehearsals-
I had been off doing paper work- I turn around and the next thing
I know, I see Troy carrying the dog to the actress. Thats
how they put it into the script, that the dog wasnt familiar
with Douglas. So there Douglas is picking up the golden retriever
to carry her over to see Jessica. I thought that was absolutely
one of the funniest things. It was a complete ad-lib, that Troy
just happened to do during rehearsals, that boom, it ended up
Vince is a very, very talented guy. His scripts, not only Gabriela,
but the others Ive read, thats hes done, are
absolutely heartwarming. He takes the time to listen to other
peoples suggestions. He took the actors into consideration
after he cast them and rehearsals and the character they want
to do. He wasnt out there to make the movie for himself,
he was out there to make the movie for everyone else. He wants
to see the actors careers soar, just as much as he wants to see
himself soar. Sadly enough now that its such a challenging
thing to be a director, or a screenwriter, in the film business,
that it seems that everybody is out there for themselves; they
dont share with other directors or other screenwriters.
If they have an actor that they work with a lot, they want to
make sure that actor doesnt go to another director. It like
a fear, a subconscious thing: what if that actor like that director
more than me. Vince isnt like that, hes willing to
help anybody. He took the time to learn everybodys name,
all the crew. Ive worked in other commercials, even other
films where the directors dont care. If your not one of
his top people up there, then you dont matter to him or
her. I think thats sad, because youre not like a family,
youre not creating something. People dread going to work
and that what it shouldnt be like.
Interview by permission from the producers of Gabriela.