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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.


Silver Case shines in exposing Hollywood filmmaking

Silver Case a film which shines

By Ron Gilbert

After finally seeing this film on the big screen, at the LA Film & TV Festival at the magnificent Chaplin theater in front of an enthusiastic audience and I was blown away by the production values.
This film is a great example for any filmmaker who wants the crash into the Hollywood film scene using their own vision and not governed by corporate film studio executives.
Director Christian Filippella and his producing partners Claire Falconer, Salvatore Zannino, Brian Keith Gamble, Corrado Musso and others put their metal to the petal driving this film into the most prestigious festivals with a film that is a low budget comedy. After screening at Rome International Film Festival, Fantafestival and Salento International Film Festival they won the distribution award at the Tolentino International. Film Festival and the film will be dubbed and released theatrically at the end of the year. So after screening at 30 film festivals and winning 11 festival awards which is not an easy feat they are still on the festival circuit.
I met Christian, who is also an AFI fellow, about 2 years ago, at a Cinema Italian Style function, when he was planning his filming schedule and he asked me to join the cast and I was happy to accommodate him. He was inspired by Italian Noir films from the 50’s 60s and 70s and had met Salvatore Zannino, who was a very important link in finding costumes and props that would represent this sort of bizarre extravagant world he had in mind.They felt that tailor looking suits for the leads Caesar (Chris Facey) and Barabba (Brian Keith Gamble) was essential and costumer Sarah Le Feber was amazing in helping to fine tune the looks for the director. He had modeled for Gianni Versace, Ingrami, Joseph Abboud, Marithe & Francios Girbaud, and is a model buddy of Channing Tatum, so it was a natural progression going from the fashion world to being a producer in the movie world. With very limited resources they managed to find wonderful locations that give to the film a strong feeling of reality even in situations which are quite far from being realistic. In fact, the film is a grotesque satire about Hollywood, an adventurous dark comedy with hints of action and almost comic strip's characters. Barabba and Caesar, the main characters, are two farcical thugs, arousing sympathy and they are everyday heroes, which make it is easy to identify with them. They talk simple, they don't think too much and they fight hard to obtain their goals. They always wear the same clothes throughout the film, sweat, get dirty and drive an old cop car. It is impossible not to like them. Consequently it is easy to read their violence in the film as a form of survival so we all easily identify with them in our own daily life. Their reaction to the system is what ideally each of us would like to do but don't because our educational makeup.
So this film was more like a life experience for the director under the circumstances under which the film was shot. Due to budget reasons he had to cover many different positions from producing to production design, from editing to cinematography. To facilitate his work a few camera buddies helped him during some of the most intense filming days. Even with necessary compromises he stayed faithful to the vision we had before filming. In fact the film is a grotesque satire about Hollywood and the behavior which we have been subconsciously inducted into. This inspired the film and a look at the absurd world of Hollywood and its apparently illogical producing system. I think the answer is in Barabba's surprising wisdom in his insanely long monologue in the camera car sequence "You know what the real problem is? It isn't about the individual anymore. When you boil it down, we're all just sheep. It's the corporations taking over the world. And we just let them... I mean, it's ridiculous that in order to get something you need to get something else and that thing you want or you need to get is tied to the other one you needed to get in the first place..So there's no way you're going to get that first thing without getting the second one and that's because it's simply impossible to get that thing without having gotten the other one first, which is the way it is". Silver Case was made to break the rules without necessarily following all the logical criteria of movie production. Shot on digital and creating what the French New Wave and the Italian Neorealism did with filming and editing many years ago. Barabba, (Brian Keith Gamble) interprets this character magnificently by totally becoming an obstinate surprisingly smart criminal as stubborn as a mule. His marriage to his partner in crime .Caesar (Chris Facey) through the film is fantastic. He won out over 1000 actors who auditioned and observes the world around him with the eyes of a kid and seems to live in his own world when he suddenly has these genial intuitions.
In casting other characters, Salvatore suggested Oscar nominee, Eric Roberts and he fitted him in a fashion sense in J. Lindberg suits, Rosetti & Moreschi shoes, and Emilio Pucci ties from Mantero showroom. So along with 2 Oscar nominees ,Seymour Cassel and Eric Roberts and the rest of the cast is also fantastic using diversity in casting with Asian, Latino, Italian and African American actors, Art Hsu, Alejandro Cardenas, Shalim Ortiz, Vincent De Paul, Claire Falconer, Fernanda Romero, Kelvin Han Yee, Brad Light, Ron Gilbert and Stanley B. Herman. The psychological and social valency of Silver Case is what makes this film so interesting to watch. Under the surface of apparently innocuous dialogue and a very simple motivating factor for the story, which is the missed delivery of the briefcase, there is a complicated world of significances. The subtlety of the movie and its characters is what makes this film a strong film. The worldwide recognition for a film shot in only 3 weeks using just a Canon 5D mark II and with a very limited budget is absolutely incredible.
The next festival in September is the Long Island International Film Festival and Vegas Cine Festival on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

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