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Gary Gilbert is founder and President of Gilbert Films, a Los Angeles-based production company dedicated to producing and financing both independent and studio films.
Mr. Gilbert’s first feature, writer/director Zach Braff’s Garden State, world-premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and opened the following summer to critical acclaim and boxoffice success. The film starred Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, and Peter Sarsgaard. Mr. Gilbert, along with Mr. Braff and the film’s other producers, was honored with the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Along with Lakeshore Entertainment, Mr. Gilbert financed and produced Mark Pellington’s Henry Poole is Here, starring Luke Wilson and Radha Mitchell. With Fox Searchlight, he financed and produced Margaret, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, and Mark Ruffalo of The Kids Are All Right.
The Tribeca Film Festival recently hosted the world premiere of Meet Monica Velour, the feature directorial debut from award-winning commercials director Keith Bearden, starring Kim Cattrall, Brian Dennehy, and Keith David. The movie was produced and fully financed by Gilbert Films.
Upcoming Gilbert Films projects include From Prada to Nada, directed by Angel Gracia and starring Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega, updating Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility to a contemporary Latin cultural setting, for release by Lionsgate; and Right Angle, written and to be directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Burke.