Love, Gilda

Director: Lisa D’Apolito

Rating: 5/5

Gilda Radner was the first actor chosen for the original cast of Saturday Night Live, in 1979. Her authenticity, exuberance, and comedic talent let her to became one of the most, if not the most, popular SNL alumnae in history, creating and portraying iconic characters like Rosanne Rosanadanna, Emily Litella, and Baba Wawa.

Love, Gilda made it’s international premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival yesterday, Saturday April 28. The documentary uses newly discovered audio recordings, home movies, interviews with friends, and diary entries read by performers she’s inspired (including Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph), to follow Gilda’s life, from her days as a chubby outcast to when she passes away from cancer, in 1989. Director D’Apolito reveals Gilda’s insecurities and the many hurdles she over came to reach stardom and become one of the first celebrities to champion the cancer community. We didn’t have a long time with her but this documentary reminds us that she has a spirit that can never die.

The documentary has three more showings at the 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival:

SUNDAY, APRIL 29                           1:15 PM               TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

THURSDAY, MAY 3                           4:15 PM               HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA

SATURDAY, MAY 5                           9:00 PM               ISABEL BADER THEATRE


Lisa D’Apolito is a documentary and commercial director raised in Greenwich Village, NYC. She started out as an actress in theater, television and film. Lisa went on to producing, making her way to SVP/EP of Production for FCB, an advertising agency where she managed the production department and directed the high profile projects, including award-winning branded content. In 2013, she launched her commercial production company, 3 Faces Films. Her pro bono clients include Planned Parenthood, Greenwich Village Youth Center, and Gilda’s Club (where she fell in love with the spirit of Gilda). Her short narrative film The Gynotician, starring Amber Tamblyn & David Cross, won several film festival awards.

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