Visual Exchange Network presents
Secret Life of Old Rose ~
Art of Gloria Stuart
Produced & Directed by Benjamin Stuart Thompson
When James Cameron created the role of "Old Rose," he wanted to find an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood to play her. The story of just how, in her real life, Gloria Stuart was startlingly close to the "Old Rose" character, and how her outlook on life ended up being such an inspiration, will send chills up and down your spine . . .
"SECRET LIFE" is a documentary feature film produced by Gloria
Stuart’s grandson, Benjamin Stuart Thompson, who traveled the world with his
grandmother and inherited her artistic courage.
The film shares the story of “Great Gloria” as an inspiration to us all. Her work across so many art forms was tireless and dedicated. From her turn as a stage actress in the 20's, to her career as a film star in the 30's, to her success as an artist in the decades that followed -- she worked to make herself ready for the time when opportunity knocked. As 'Old Rose' in James Cameron’s “Titanic,” Great Gloria became an actress recognized around the globe.
Ultimately, all of her artistic efforts
culminated in her magnum opus – “Flight of Butterfly Kites,” an edition of 9
over-sized artist’s books in the shape of a butterfly on the wing. Just like Old Rose, Great Gloria pushed through with the aid of her (great) grand daughter, who
worked as her apprentice. Great Gloria achieved her dream of completing these artists’ books shortly
before her 100th birthday.
"Secret Life of Old Rose: The Art of Gloria Stuart" takes us inside the feisty spirit of Old Rose and by exploring Gloria Stuart's life in art we are, each of us, urged to find our way to break free
and fly, without doubt and without constraint.
ABOUT THIS “SECRET LIFE” KICK STARTER
The documentary is in
the final stages of post-production. The main
obstacle now is to pay for the last steps needed to complete post production and to support distribution to make it available to you. Over the years, Thompson captured Great
Gloria in her studio and in appearances never seen by those few who were not present at the live
event. These include her lecture at the
Santa Monica Library with portrait artist, Don Bacardy, who has done portraits of the greats from Garbo to Betty Davis to Angelina Jolie. There is also special footage of Great Gloria's 100th
birthday celebration with Suzy & Jim Cameron in 2010, and her final public
appearance, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Centennial
Salute to her on July 22, 2010.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
Sometimes, a small, but meaningful inspiration can lift your heart.
The main idea behind
this story is that Great Gloria’s view of life and living as an artist is a
much needed inspiration that will touch you and others. For artists and for Titanic fans, young and old, this documentary will
provide an insight into Great Gloria’s depth of character that is elsewhere
We hope you will experience
the joy of giving & sharing by being involved in this undertaking. In conjunction with the re-release of Titanic
in 3D, this documentary will have a special place in
Hollywood history – that is, if we are able to
raise the funds necessary to pay for completing it and for distribution. You can be involved in that
history, and in gratitude, we will send you a piece of it for you to have for
grandmother always said, “AVANTI!” ~Benjamin Stuart Thompson
Pledge $1 or more
A “MASHI MASHI !" To You
~as Great Gloria would say~ (Her favorite phone greeting in Japanese )
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A Virtual "AVANTI !" (which means "Forward!" in Italian) ~ A picture of Great Gloria's hands cast in stainless steel by the sculptor Malka
Pledge $25 or more
A Virtual "TAKO KICHI!" (which means "kite crazy" in Japanese)
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Receive a "Special Thanks" credit in the documentary + Digital download of "Secret Life of Old Rose: The Art of Gloria Stuart"!
Pledge $75 or more
A Glossy Photo of Great Gloria from the Golden Age of Hollywood:
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an e-Book ~ "Butterfly Summers: A Memoir of Gloria Stuart's Apprentice” by Deborah Thompson
Pledge $250 or more
An Historical postcard from Great Gloria's personal collection.
Pledge $500 or more
A calling card from “Imprenta Glorias” – Gloria Stuart’s imprimatur for her hand printing press.
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A framed glossy photograph of one of the lamps Great Gloria designed.
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One of Great Gloria’s rare ratan chairs from her dining room set.