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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.

We are currently shooting this web series

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.


Bert Stern: Orginal Mad Man


Bert Stern: Original Madman a film review

I met Bert Stern in NY in the late 60’s when I worked in a restaurant called Maxwell’s Plum on First Avenue and his studio was a few blocks away. Every model wanted to be photographed by him. He was the Picasso of the photography world and you would be noticed all over the world if he shot you. So I was very much looking forward to this film because I was in there when it was happening and seeing it on the screen, brought back all those fond memories.  Shannah Laumeister reveals Bert Stern in the raw so nothing is held back. Like Picasso, he was this sexual magnet with woman because of his intimate exploration in photographing them. Wow! They were so lucky. Of course being an artist and a genius he was very involved in his work as was Picasso and his personal life suffered but there was always a woman there to fill in the slot when the moment arrived.

So on the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the documentary on Bert and his life and his work reveals details on three generations of the world’s most beautiful women like Jean Shrimpton, Sophia Loren, Suzie Parker, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Liz Taylor, Twiggy and Marilyn Monroe, and to bring it up to date his Lindsay Lohan’s photo session which was an attempt to recreate Marilyn.

This Brooklyn  boy genius and his rise to fame is clearly documented from Madison Avenue to Hollywood, and the international fashion scene, Bert was at the heart of what George Lois would call the creative evolution. Along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, Stern originated the concept photographer as a star in his own right.

Also covered in this documentary are his deep, tempestuous personal relationships including a long, messy marriage to the great prima ballerina Allegra Kent, with whom he was obsessed and had two daughters, and who is also interviewed here.
Another addition is excerpts from Jazz on a Summer's Day, Stern's own documentary film from 1960.

So if you are a fan of the TV series Mad Man and would like to know what that world was really like and  view the resurgence of the Picasso of the photography world ,catch this film.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is currently playing at the Landmark Nuarte Theater 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 473-8530


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