The inner life and lasting impact of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner is given a touching tribute through revealing newly discovered audiotapes, rare home movies, interviews with friends Lorne Michaels, Martin Short, and Laraine Newman, and her own diaries as read by admirers Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader.
Comedy may provide a light against dark clouds, a shield before the blades of bullying and mockery, or the raft that keeps one afloat amidst their inner demons. Love, Gilda highlights the story of comedic legend Gilda Radner and the many roles comedy played in her life beyond her career and fame. A synthesis of interviews, home videos, journal entries, personal recordings, and performance clips carve a window into Gilda's world. Former "SNL" castmates Laraine Newman and Chevy Chase, along with Amy Phoeler and Bill Hader, contribute to the film with their unique insights into Gilda and her work. This documentary follows a child struggling with body image before eating disorders entered the public lexicon, a force of hilarity becoming a household name in the late '70s on "Saturday Night Live," and a subsequent battle with ovarian cancer. These dovetailing narratives comprise her personal battles and triumphs with an inspiring undertone. Shots of her handwriting intersperse the film, painting her thoughts at major points in her life and reveal a tender yet indomitable character. Gilda's story is wonderfully absurd, yet relatable to the human in all of us.
Lisa D'Apolito started her career as an actor with small roles in films such as Goodfellas. While working at an ad agency, she realized she wanted to be a filmmaker. In 2013 she started the commercial production company 3 Faces Films. Her clients include Planned Parenthood, Greenwich Village Youth Center, and Gilda's Club.
Sponsored by The Seattle Times
- Director: Lisa D’Apolito
- Principal Cast: Bill Hader, Chevy Chase, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 84 minutes
- Producer: Bronwyn Berry, Lisa Dapolito, James Tumminia, Meryl Goldsmith
- Cinematographers: Rob Featherstone Nick Higgins
- Editors: Anne Alvergue David Cohen
- Music: Miriam Cutler
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: CNN
- International Sales: Submarine Entertainment