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Ron Gilbert

I am now living in the heart of the film industry and have been involved in the film and theates industry for almost 50 years.I started out in New York City which was where the acting scene at the Actors Studio (I am a lifetime member) included Robert DeNiro,Dustin Hoffman ,Al Pacino,Robert Duval and other name actors like Martin Landau ,Rod Steiger,Shelley Winters,Paul Newman,Ben Gazzara and the list goes on. That was then and the picture has changed. A stage play in New York names a name Hollywood actor to make a profit. The independent film scene has also changed. Steven Soderbergh commented on that recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival and major companies have taken over the studios.

I still work as an actor in commercials,TV and mostly independent films. I ahve worked with the major directors like Francis Ford Coppola,Sydney Lumet, and  Bryan Singer whom I met on his first feature and the relationship is same even now.

Currently I can be seen on reruns,commercials,short films and indie films.

We are currently shooting this web series

I have 2 award winning  films on the festival circuit American Bred and Courier X

In addition as a member of the Actors Studio I have taught at Strasberg Institute and Theatre of Arts and created 2 acting academies in Italy and have done workshops in London and other cities.the I have been a judge on many film festivals and worked with Independent Film Projects West as a producer on the feature film program and the Spirit Awards.


Dumbstruck is a true family film



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DUMBSTRUCK is a true family film

By Ron Gilbert

I always enjoyed
ventriloquists as a kid and the skills which they were able to do with their
partners. I refuse to call them dummies because they always seemed smarter then
the humans who made them function but we also know that they are an extension
of their better half.

This film
is an incredible view into their world. It will touch every emotion in your heart,
where you will discover the true feeling of family.

 I was very fortunate to interview director
Mark Goffman while he was on the plane to
New York and how this documentary came
about. When his bride’s  mother who is a
shy person was giving a toast at the wedding reception with wife Lindsay(Producer)
over 4 years ago,  she kept her lips
closed and used her hand movement as a puppet speaking and this fascinated everyone
. In particular, the director who inquired about that and she told him as a teacher
she created these personalities, because it was a way of expressing herself to
her students. In addition, she mentioned the
annual Vent Haven Convention in
Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, the Ventriloquism Capital of the World, where she goes
to every year and ventriloquists walk around with their dummies. So Mark took
his film crew there and this wonderful film opens there and introduces us to this
world and follows 5 very different people and how they started out.
Yeager, a former Miss Ohio beauty queen; Dan Horn, a thriving cruise ship
performer whose life is affected by his career; Dylan Burdette, a 13-year-old
with dreams of hitting the professional circuit; Wilma Swartz, a former
security guard who brings her dummies to senior homes and Wal-Marts; and Terry
Fator, who struggled for decades as a small-time performer before winning
America's Got Talent on his way to a $100 million contract to headline the
Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. He started shooting in 2007 and did
this for about for 2
½ years and then started the editing
process and realized that they needed more time so that the characters they
were following would complete their journeys.  I asked Mark how he came up with the film’s
title and it came from the reaction of Terry Factor’s contract signing in
Las Vegas.

This film
should ring back the resurgence of the art form of ventriloquism.

Mark has
many other credits as a writer/producer for many years on television and in his
documentary directing debut he has hit the ball out of the park.

Truly Indie/Magnolia
Pictures present


Friday, May 27, 2011 showing at an exclusive engagement at Landmark’s
Regent Theatre located at
1045 Broxton Avenue (between Weyburn & Kinross) in Westwood.

writer/director Mark Goffman, producer Lindsay Goffman will speak at select
opening weekend shows: Fri, 5/27,
7:15pm show; Sat, 5/28, 7:15 pm show; Sun, 5/29, 5:15 pm show. 

Ventriloquist Dan Horn,
featured in the film, joins for appearances on Friday and Saturday, 5/27 and
5/28 at
7:15pm, and
Dan will also make additional appearance on Saturday, 5/28 at
5:15 show.

Program information:

(310) 281-8223





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