Gigi Gaston

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Gigi Gaston is an American writer-director. Early in her life, Gaston was noted in the New York Times as an equestrian in 1977,[1][2] and she pursued a career in Olympic Equestrian Show jumping.[3]

Gaston has written and sold several screenplays, including Like a Lady,[4] Mockingbird, to Steve Tisch and New Line Cinema,[3][5] and Madame Lupescue to Ron Howard for a large six-figure sum in 1996.[6]

Her documentary The Cream Will Rise (1998) discussed singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins's early years,[7] played at film festivals[8] and was well reviewed in Variety.[9] Gaston directed the music video for Olivia Newton-John's updated "I Honestly Love You".[3][10]

Gaston directed the 2001 heist film Beyond the City Limits[11] (Rip It Off) with Nastassja Kinski, Alyson Hannigan and Jennifer Esposito, which received mixed reviews.[12][13]

In 2008, Gaston directed the documentary We Will Not Be Silenced about alleged irregularities in the caucuses for the 2008 Democratic party presidential primaries.[3] The film was discussed in "right of center" blogs and media outlets such as Fox and Friends and others.[14]

In 2012, she wrote and directed the play Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin, featuring Sophie B. Hawkins as Joplin.[15][16] It opened on October 4, the anniversary of Joplin's death,[17] and its run was extended.[18] It was described as "impressively written and directed" and "a joy" in EDGE Los Angeles,[19] and received good reviews elsewhere.[20]


  1. ^ "Blue Line Triumphs In 4-Horse Jumpoff". August 31, 1977. Retrieved 2013-04-05. (registration required)
  2. ^ "Miss Gaston Triumphs In Open Jumper Class". New York Times. October 28, 1977. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d "We Will Not Be Silenced". Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  4. ^ Meibach, Howard (1999). Spec Screenplay Sales Directory, 1991-1999. In Good Company Products. p. 56. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  5. ^ Meibach, p. 64
  6. ^ "Gigi Gaston Bio" Bumbershoot Productions. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  7. ^ Broadbent, Lucy (March 10, 1998). "Interview: Sophie B Hawkins - The pain that shaped a star Passion - Life & Style". The Independent. (UK). Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  8. ^ Crockett, Kennette (February 15, 1998). "How the 'Cream' Rose - Page 2". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  9. ^ Woods, Mark (February 17, 1998). "The Cream Will Rise". Variety via Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  10. ^ I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John. 1998, MCA Records Nashville/Universal Music, via Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  11. ^ Kit, Zorianna (April 8, 1999). "Gaston incorporated into 'City'.". Hollywood Reporter (via HighBeam). Retrieved 2013-04-05. (registration required) Full text
  12. ^ Cracknell, Ryan. "Rip it Off (aka Beyond the City Limits)". Apollo Guide. Archived from the original on 2003-11-29. 
  13. ^ Nusair, David (June 7, 2003). "Rip it Off (2003)". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  14. ^ Hall, Colby (July 12, 2010). "New Documentary Alleges That Obama Stole The Primary Election From Hillary". Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Reed (October 7, 2012). "Sophie B. Hawkins channels Janis Joplin's spirit in 'Room 105'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  16. ^ "Sophie B. Hawkins Channels Janis Joplin in New Musical 'Room 105'". October 4, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  17. ^ THR Staff (October 4, 2012). "Sophie B. Hawkins on Portraying Janis Joplin - Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  18. ^ Snead, Elizabeth (October 4, 2012). "Sophie B. Hawkins Plays the Iconic Singer in 'Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  19. ^ Regan, Tatum (Oct 16, 2012). "Room 105: The Highs & Lows of Janis Joplin". EDGE Los Angeles. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  20. ^ "Room 105 - The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin Reviews". - Los Angeles. October 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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