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Ron Gilbert

I am now living in the heart of the film industry and have been involved in the film and theates industry for almost 50 years.I started out in New York City which was where the acting scene at the Actors Studio (I am a lifetime member) included Robert DeNiro,Dustin Hoffman ,Al Pacino,Robert Duval and other name actors like Martin Landau ,Rod Steiger,Shelley Winters,Paul Newman,Ben Gazzara and the list goes on. That was then and the picture has changed. A stage play in New York names a name Hollywood actor to make a profit. The independent film scene has also changed. Steven Soderbergh commented on that recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival and major companies have taken over the studios.

I still work as an actor in commercials,TV and mostly independent films. I ahve worked with the major directors like Francis Ford Coppola,Sydney Lumet, and  Bryan Singer whom I met on his first feature and the relationship is same even now.

Currently I can be seen on reruns,commercials,short films and indie films.

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I have 2 award winning  films on the festival circuit American Bred and Courier X

In addition as a member of the Actors Studio I have taught at Strasberg Institute and Theatre of Arts and created 2 acting academies in Italy and have done workshops in London and other cities.the I have been a judge on many film festivals and worked with Independent Film Projects West as a producer on the feature film program and the Spirit Awards.


Annette Bening honored at the 26th SBFF with American Riviera Award

By Ron Gilbert

After attending this event hosted by festival director Roger Durling who created his Valentine event to Annette which truly came from the heart, I give my vote to Annette Bening for Best Actress. Many reasons moved me to this after seeing clips from her film legacy. 

Her passion for theatre in which presenter and Oscar winner Kevin Costner called her our Katherine Hepburn and a Woman for All Seasons and then told her to come over and give him a hug. This was part of the final moments of the tribute and Annette was gracious in her acceptance speech but let’s start from the beginning.

Host and director Roger Durling told his personal about a Valentine day gift which brought him to the Broadway play Coastal disturbances and seeing Annette in it. He was so filled with emotion and the audience could feel it in the packed house at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. He had created an array of films with music with the editor who did an amazing job , After that he spoke only with constant praise and awe to this 4 times Oscar nominee who won her   2011 Golden Globe best actress award for  Comedy or Musical for her performance in director Lisa Cholodenko’s film “The Kids are Alright”. But Annette goes much further using her brilliant talent to explore the depths of her portrayal of a married lesbian couple with 2 children whose sperm donor was my buddy Mark Ruffalo who also is nominated for an Oscar. This film is not your formula comedy film, So I sat and heard and watched Annette and her responses to Roger as he continued with more short scenes from films like Being Julia with Jeremy Irons, Open Range with Kevin Costner, Love Affair with Warren Beatty, The Grifters with John Cusack, Valmont with Colin Firth, Bugsy with Warren Beatty, American Beauty, Mars Attack with Jack Nicolson, The American President with Michael Douglas, Richard III with Ian McKellen and her Spirit Nominated film Mother and Child. What you see is a body of work that surpasses many talented actors who have won Oscars. She runs the gamut from film to theatre in addition to being a wife and mother of 4 children. No one can match her life or measure up to her talents or her love of her craft.

As Roger asked how she approached each role, she mentioned the father of modern acting Kostantin Stanislavski and getting into the unconscious state of the character. How working in film is more visual so less dialogue is better than when you work in a play and how directors talk a lot more in theatre than film. She mentioned her techniques and what stuck with me are the shoes that she wears which affect her performance. I hope that she is wearing the appropriate shoes when they open the envelop and call out her name for best actress and the audience would give her a standing ovation as they did tonight as she expressed how honored she was. Annette Bening you honor us with your presence on the screen.

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