A half-Jewish, half-Irish Southern belle's cocktail-fueled life of shopping and vlogging takes a turn for the strange when daddy stops paying her bills.
Produced and Directed by Kelly O'Neal
Screenplay by Kelly O'Neal and Robin Spriggs
From Actress to Filmmaker.
Who Is Gilda Sue Rosenstern? From Web Series to Feature Film!
Before Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture!, there was The Gilda Sue Rosenstern Computer Internet Show, a rough-around-the-edges but lovable original web series that debuted on Youtube in 2008. It started as a lark and grew to over forty episodes. Gilda Sue had a lot to say about religion, politics, film, books, helpful household hints, working out, grammar, games, and pretty much everything else in modern American culture. And since she wouldn't stop talking, we decided to make her a movie!
Gilda Sue's Journey to the Big Screen.
We started shooting Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture! with little more than pocket change, raw enthusiasm, and good friends. Fortunately for me, those friends just happened to be highly talented film, TV, and theater professionals who not only believed in the project but believed in it enough to sign on and follow me into battle. Oh, and we apparently had plenty of time, too—four whole years, as it turned out, but who's counting?
Basically, if you want to make a movie and you don't have piles of cash, take heart; you can make up for it with enthusiasm, talented friends, and lots and lots of stubborn naiveté.
What We'll Do With Your Money
We set our Kickstarter goal at $5,000, and we reached that goal with two weeks to spare. Thanks, friends!
That money will go to:
- Editing (putting it all together).
- Audio mixing (cleaning and sweetening the sound).
- ADR (replacing unclear dialogue).
Any money we raise between now and November 9th will help fund the following:
- Music (What's a party without music?)
- PR (kissing hands and shaking babies)
- Festival submissions (sending our baby out into the world)
Here's what we'd like you to do:
- Watch (and enjoy!) our trailer at the top of this page.
- Back our project with a monetary contribution. Every little bit helps; every big bit helps a lot.
- E-mail this link to your rich granny in South Florida.
- Share our link all over the Internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and ask your friends to share it.
- Spread the word in the real world, too—to anyone who will listen!
Thanks, dear friends!
Love and laughter,
Actress, Dreamer, Filmmaker
Kelly O'Neal is an actress, singer, writer, director, producer, visual artist, and the founder of Mean Mama Dog. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater from Florida State University, where she studied with Joseph Papp, Roger Rees, and Raul Julia, among others.
As an actress, Kelly has plied her trade in classical theater, musical theater, performance art, and stand-up comedy. Her recent work in film and TV includes appearances in Last Vegas, Nashville, and No Good Deed.
As a vocalist, she has performed in jazz and country bands, and she was a founding member of the 90's glam/funk musical extravaganza, Superchick and Goodpussy.
As a visual artist, Kelly's paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries and commissioned for books, periodicals, and board games.
Robin Spriggs recently appeared as Captain Franco on NBC’s Revolution and as Chris Amante on USA Network’s Necessary Roughness. His performance as affable sociopath Alfonse Duncan in the rural noir Sinkhole won praise from Variety and Film Threat Magazine and earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival. On stage, he has played the Dane in Hamlet, Torvald Helmer in A Doll's House, and many other classic roles. Look for him next on the primetime drama Containment, premiering on The CW in early 2016.
Also an accomplished writer, Robin is the author of The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist, Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny, The Dracula Poems, and Capes & Cowls: Adventures in Wyrd City. His work has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, and multiple Rhysling Awards.
Kathleen McManus is a veteran theater actress, singer, and teacher. She is an Associate Artist at Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit and the co-founder of Arís (ah-REESH), whose mission is to promote and present the traditions and artistry of Celtic culture through theater, music, dance, literature, and storytelling.
Glenn Rainey appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast and was a featured vocalist with Broadway Inspirational Voices. He made his cabaret debut at New York’s Triad Club in his one-man show, Blue-Eyed Soul, and has sung on two Disney movie soundtracks. His TV appearances include Savannah and In the Heat of the Night.
Colonel Bruce Hampton is a legendary surrealist musician. He has entertained audiences with his avant-garde stylings since the 1960s, touring with such bands as The Hampton Grease Band, The Codetalkers, and The Aquarium Rescue Unit. He was featured in Billy Bob Thornton's Slingblade and spotlighted in the documentary Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Colonel Bruce Hampton. He received the Georgia Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities in 2012.
Jason MacDonald made his professional acting debut on Another World. He has appeared on every New York-based soap opera, and his New York stage work includes playing opposite Frank Langella in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Tempest. His television work includes Magic City and a recurring role as Grayson Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries. Jason is a co-founder of Atlanta's premiere on-camera acting school, Drama Inc.
Sharon Conley is best known as D.A. Sondra Person on the Sundance Channel's Rectify, as well as for her work in The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence and The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. Look for her soon in Mena with Tom Cruise and The Boss with Melissa McCarthy.
Catherine Dyer has appeared in Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. Her TV work includes appearances on such shows as The Originals and Drop Dead Diva. As Supervising Producer of A&E’s Biography, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2003. She is a co-founder of Atlanta's premiere on-camera acting school, Drama Inc. Watch for her in the upcoming thriller Cell with John Cusack.
Rabbi Steven Lebow is a social activist and the spiritual leader of Temple Kol Emeth in Mareitta, GA. He is also a classic comic book aficionado. Be sure to visit his office; along with good advice, he gives comics away like candy.
Marianne Hammock has performed with major theater companies throughout the Southeast, playing such roles as Portia in Julius Caesar and Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac. She recently appeared in the film Scary Movie 5 and was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award in 2014. Look for her soon in the independent film The Remember Box.
Frank Roberts has worked in film, TV, and theater for over thirty years. His credits include Sleepy Hollow, Being Mary Jane, Why Did I get Married Too, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, and the upcoming feature film Shrimpcrawl.
Luis R. Hernandez has appeared as Father Acosta on Devious Maids and as Squawks on Pepper's Place. His theater work includes touring in The Lucy and Ricky Tribute Show as the world's most hilarious Cuban musician.
Mark Ashworth has appeared as Niles Hardwicke on Secrets and Lies and as Lowell on Banshee, as well as in many independent films. Look for him soon in Cell with John Cusack and The Magnificent Seven with Chris Pratt.
Bart Hansard has appeared as Olson on The Red Road and as Bart on House of Payne, as well as in the TV mini-series Banshee Origins. He teaches theater at Young Harris College.
Robin Bloodworth has appeared as Bryon Nayhead on Halt and Catch Fire and as Raoul Woodlin on In the Heat of the Night. As a veteran theater actor, he has worked on stages in thirty-nine states; he hopes to make it fifty.
Vince Canlas has appeared in The Three Stooges and on Franklin and Bash, as well as in many independent films. Look for him soon in The Twelve Lives of Sissy Carlisle.
Meredith Gordon is both an actor and professional clown. He appeared in the PBS documentary Circus and has worked with The Big Apple Circus and Circe du Monde. Meredith is a team leader with The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit in Atlanta.
Stefanie Butler is a musician, minister, and the founder of Atlanta Sound Healing. She is not, nor has she ever been a man, but it's possible she's been called Dr. Feelgood on more than one occasion.
Dina Shadwell has been a theater professional since 1990, working as an actor, director, producer, puppeteer, casting director, teacher, and designer. She received a Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award for Best Director in 2008, for her work with The Essential Theater.
Widdi Turner has worked in regional theaters throughout the Southeast. She is best known for the quirky characters she played on Alton Brown's Good Eats, where she also served as production coordinator. She recently appeared as Dr. Gonzales on The Game.
Elisa Carlson is an actress, theater director, teacher, voice artist, and dialect coach. She has served as a voice, dialect, and text coach for over two hundred theater companies across the US, including Off-Broadway, as well for the feature films Selma, Sabotage, and Steel Magnolias. As an actress, she was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award in 2012.
Sasha Ramos has appeared in the film The Heroes of Arvine Place and on TV in Swamp Murders. Look for her next in the TV movie Kingmakers.
Ada La Fay is a performance artist, freestyle peacemaker, and personal life coach. She made her screen acting debut in the short silent film Ozmandroomunculus, co-starring with her lifelong friend and greatest admirer Robin Spriggs. Those who know her best describe her as a cross between Albert Einstein, Shirley Temple, and Bruce Lee. Her star is on the rise.
Behind the Scenes
Since you've already seen Robin's thumbnail bio in our cast list above, Gilda Sue wanted to take this opportunity (and this space) to explain in her own words how she came to collaborate with the eccentric and elusive Robin Spriggs on what she likes to call "the movie about my very life." Take it away, Gilda Sue!
"When I first began putting down ideas for what would become Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture!, there was one role that, due to its eerie but oddly charming nature, I couldn't imagine anyone playing but Robin Spriggs.
In addition to being an exceptional actor, Robin also happens to be the author of some of the strangest but most beautiful books I've ever read. Plus, he's a magician, and I don't mean the stage kind either. So I sent him a description of the character I had in mind (a sort of interdimensional gypsy-cowboy) and asked if he was interested. Much to my delight (and a little to my dread), he said yes.
Later on, as I found myself vajazzle-deep in the writing of the actual screenplay (my first, I might add) and feeling not a little meshuga, I thought, "Wait a minute, Gilda Sue. You've got Robin damn Spriggs in your cast. Why not wise up and ask him to sign on as co-writer, too?" So I did. And again he said yes. That's when things got really strange—not only in the movie about my life, but in my very life itself. Big shock, I know. But the real shock, especially if you're only familiar with Robin's spookier qualities, was how funny he turned out to be. And I do mean "funny ha ha."
So yes, as expected, Robin Spriggs brought the strange to Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture!, but he also brought a whole lot of hilarity. And magic, too, of course. So color me triple blessed. And triple grateful, too."—GSR
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
John Prew is a writer, producer, editor, fight choreographer, and co-founder of the film and video company Really Clever Androids. The company produces music videos, sketch comedy, and short films, including John's original two-part action-comedy web series Inevitable.
Tom Roche is a writer, filmmaker, and editor. His documentary Alley Pat: The Music Is Recorded came in first place in both the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival and the 2010 Kansas City CinemaJAZZ Film Festival. He has edited music videos for bands and artists as varied as R.E.M., TLC, and Vic Chesnutt, as well as concert DVDs for Norah Jones and Unwigged & Unplugged. He co–produced the National Geographic/PBS special Katrina’s Animal Rescues, Sacco & Vanzetti, and fifty-seven episodes of the Adult Swim series Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
Special Reward Previews
- A special episode of The Gilda Sue Rosenstern Computer Internet Show based on the topic of your choosing. Gilda Sue will even interview a subject of your choosing, provided the person is local to the Atlanta area. Check out the series (our humble beginning) on YouTube.
- An autographed copy of Robin Spriggs's The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, personalized by the author to your specification.
- An original pen & ink portrait by Kelly O'Neal. You pick the subject, Kelly does the work. See samples below.
Thanks again, dear friends. We'll keep you posted!
Risks and challenges
The hardest part is behind us, as the entire film is in the proverbial can. But now we need your help to put her together, pretty her up, and make her sing like a bird.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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