‘GABRIELLA’S AMERICAN’ BY
FILMMAKER WARREN WEISMAN
A strong-willed teenage girl in Occupied France defies her entire village in an attempt to save a wounded American flyer from the Nazis…With a cast led by 15-year-old acting sensation Jolie Vanier, together with French actor Fabrice Mougas (as her father), and the German-SS officer played by German-speaking actor Mark Alexander Herz
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Jolie Vanier as Gabriella
The project has 15 year-old acting sensation Jolie Vanier attached to play the lead role of Gabriella and her father will be played by French actor Fabrice Mougas. Although the cast speaks French, the film will be in English other than some German by Mark Alexander Herz, the imposing tough guy who plays the German SS officer sent to find the American. The dramatic conclusion is an outdoor scene to be filmed at a Los Angeles area movie ranch with authentic World War II German military vehicles. Gabriella’s American takes place in wartime, but there is no shooting or explosions, it is a moral dilemma faced by a young woman determined to do the right thing while everyone around her wants to do the easy thing.
The short is intended for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and hopes to make the July 12 late deadline for the finished film.
ABOUT WARREN WEISMAN:
First-time director Warren Weisman’s biography reads like fiction. He was thrown out of the French Foreign Legion for attempting to enlist underage and went on to ride a Harley-Davidson chopper with the Hells Angels. He was in the US Navy onboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence when it was the first warship to respond to the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. An airplane pilot since 16, he spent two years in the Alaska bush recreating Thoreau’s Walden experiment in Alaska’s Talkeetna River Valley, among the state’s highest concentrations of black and brown bears. He is the inventor of a home biogas system that generates methane gas from kitchen scraps to run generators and provide clean-burning cooking fuel.
Writer/Director Warren Weisman
A strong-willed teenage girl in Occupied France defies her entire village in an attempt to save a wounded American flyer from the Nazis