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Gabrielle Gorman biography: 13 things about filmmaker, poet, activist from Los Angeles, California


Gabrielle Gorman is an African-American woman from Los Angeles, California, United States. She is a filmmaker and an activist who loves to write poetry and dance.

Poetry got Gorman into film. As a storyteller, she wants her audience to understand an issue from a more human perspective and empathize with it.

Gorman uses her skills and expertise in digital storytelling and entrepreneurship to promote positive change. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She and her twin sister Amanda Gorman have one more sibling. They were raised in West Los Angeles, California by their single mother Joan Woods, a sixth grade English teacher in Watts, Los Angeles. (a)
  2. She and Amanda had a speech impediment when they were very young. They could not pronounce the letter R. She studied the movement of other people’s mouths when they talk and she eventually overcame the impediment. (b)
  3. From kindergarten to high school, she attended New Roads School in Santa Monica, California. She has always been passionate about video creation since elementary school when she received a Hannah Montana camera for Christmas. (b)(c)
  4. The summer before she started high school, she wrote a poem titled “Blossom,” which she eventually turned into a film. In high school, she started making films to tackle several issues including her insecurities as an African-American woman and her difficult relationship with her father. (b)(d)(e)
  5. Originally planned to cover police brutality and racism, her six-minute experimental film titled “Dear America” is a reaction to the 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. It earned accolades across the U.S. including Best Student Experimental at the 2016 My Hero International Film Festival. After the release of the film, she cited Lupita Nyon’go, Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman as the actors she would like to work with. (b)(c)
  6. In 2016, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Film and Television where she studied cinematography and film and video production. In the same year, she was selected to be an official Shondaland Shadowee, mentored by director Jann Turner on the sets of “Scandal” and “How To Get Away with Murder,” named one of the seven top filmmakers in the U.S. by the National YoungArts Foundation and honored with a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nomination and Aaron Sorkin Writing Award. (e)(f)
  7. From June 2017 to October 2017, she was a video editing intern at Complex Networks in Los Angeles. She edited daily news stories and assisted production on a cover shoot for Lana Del Rey and on shoots for Nike Drew League. (e)
  8. From July 2018 to September 2018, she was an executive intern in Echo Park, California for Regina Miller, the interim executive director at ARRAY, the film collective Ava Duvernay founded in 2010. (e)
  9. In 2018, she directed and produced a video before the second Women’s March. Amanda wrote and performed a poem titled “Rise Up As One” for it. From September 2018 to December 2018, she was a content development intern at Scooter Braun Projects in Los Angeles. She read and assessed the market viability of screenplays submitted to the entertainment and marketing company. (e)(f)
  10. In 2019, she directed “Mr Ewing,” a short documentary about a 99-year-old African-American teacher and World War II veteran. (g)
  11. From January 2019 to March 2020, she was a video production supervisor at Studio 22. (f)
  12. From June 2019 to August 2019, she served as a creative content intern at TOMS in Los Angeles. She filmed, directed and choreographed video content for the shoe company’s social media. (f)
  13. She was 22 years old when she graduated cum laude from the UCLA in 2020. From July 2020 to September 2020, she was an analyst at Wonder Ventures in Los Angeles. (f)



6 replies »

  1. A wonderful piece about Gabrielle. One can see how her mom influenced her twin daughters. May their story reach all people. congadulations, Mom!


  2. Thank you for your presentation. My Dad’s brother. Edward Wilborn lived in Compton
    I visited him fr
    for Thanksgiving, when I was Public In4 Director at Bayview Hunter’s Point College in San Francisco..


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