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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.


Silver Case glitters in Hollywood

Silver Case glitters in Hollywood Premiere

By Ron Gilbert

The Arena theatre in Hollywood is a perfect venue for the award winning film Silver Case which is a great example for any filmmaker who wants the crash into the Hollywood film scene using their own vision and not governed by corporate film studio executives.

Director Christian Filippella and his producing partners Claire Falconer, Salvatore Zannino, Brian Keith Gamble, Corrado Musso and others put their metal to the petal driving this film off Hollywood Boulevard

The director was inspired by Italian Film Noir films from the 50’s 60s and 70s and Salvatore Zannino the fashion consultant and former model signed on as a producer/actor and was a very important link in finding tailor looking suits for the leads Caesar (Chris Facey) and Barabba (Brian Keith Gamble) along with costumer Sarah Le Feber . In casting other characters, Salvatore suggested Oscar nominee, Eric Roberts and he fitted him in a fashion sense in J. Lindberg suits, Rosetti & Moreschi shoes, and Emilio Pucci ties from Mantero showroom With very limited resources they managed to find wonderful locations that give to the film a strong feeling of reality even in situations which are quite far from being realistic. In fact, the film is a grotesque satire about Hollywood, an adventurous dark comedy with hints of action and almost comic strip's characters. Barabba and Caesar, the main characters, are two farcical thugs, arousing sympathy and they are everyday heroes, which make it is easy to identify with them. They talk simple, they don't think too much and they fight hard to obtain their goals. They always wear the same clothes throughout the film, sweat, get dirty and drive an old cop car. It is impossible not to like them. The film is a grotesque satire about Hollywood and the behavior which we have been subconsciously inducted into. And a look at the absurd world of Hollywood and its apparently illogical producing system. I think the answer is in Barabba's surprising wisdom in his insanely long monologue in the camera car sequence "You know what the real problem is? It isn't about the individual anymore. When you boil it down, we're all just sheep. It's the corporations taking over the world. And we just let them. Silver Case was made to break the rules without necessarily following all the logical criteria of movie production. Consequently it is easy to read their violence in the film as a form of survival so we all easily identify with them in our own daily life. Their reaction to the system is what ideally each of us would like to do but don't because our educational makeup. . The psychological and social valiancy of Silver Case is what makes this film so interesting to watch. Under the surface of apparently innocuous dialogue and a very simple motivating factor for the story, which is the missed delivery of the briefcase, there is a complicated world of significances. The subtlety of the movie and its characters is what puts this film on your must see list. The worldwide recognition for a film shot in only 3 weeks using just a Canon 5D mark II and with a very limited budget is absolutely incredible.

Besides 2 Oscar nominees ,Seymour Cassel and Eric Roberts ,the rest of the cast is also fantastic using diversity in casting with Asian, Latino, Italian and African American actors, Art Hsu, Alejandro Cardenas, Shalim Ortiz, Vincent De Paul, Claire Falconer, Fernanda Romero, Kelvin Han Yee, Brad Light, Ron Gilbert and Stanley B. Herman

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