“This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”

 

THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS

LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVELY ON YOUTUBE RED FEBRUARY 8TH

FOLLOWING THEATRICAL RELEASE BEGINNING FEBRUARY 3RD

 

The Film Will Have its World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

 

Directed by Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Barbara Kopple &

Produced by SelectNext

 

New York, NY (January 17, 2017) — This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, a YouTube Red Original film directed by two-time Oscar® award winner Barbara Kopple and executive produced by SelectNext, will launch on YouTube Red beginning February 8, 2017. The film will also commence a week-long limited theatrical engagement in New York, NY at the IFC Center and Los Angeles, CA at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, beginning Friday, February 3, 2017.  As previously announced, the film will have its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as an official selection of the Festival’s Documentary Premiere section.

 

This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, only to later come out as a transgender female to an audience of millions.  With never-before-seen personal footage, the film provides a raw and revealing look into a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family’s unwavering and unconditional love for a child.

 

“The team poured their hearts into the creation of this timely and moving documentary, and we are thrilled to share This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous with the world,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “Gigi’s story explores one of today’s most relevant social issues, and through Barbara Kopple’s powerful vision, we will feature nuanced documentarian storytelling and a rare look at Gigi’s incredible life journey. This film represents acceptance and belonging, and reminds us all about the meaning of love and family.”   

 

“I am so excited to finally share this passion project with all of my supporters,” said Gigi Gorgeous. “It is a side of myself that I have kept very close to my heart and am so blessed to have found a team that is just as passionate about this film as I am. I hope by sharing my story others will walk away from this film with a stronger sense of understanding and acceptance.”

 

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous to theaters, starting with the world premiere at Sundance, ” said Executive Producer Adam Wescott of SelectNext.  “We set out to provide a deeper understanding of the transgender experience and help positively impact the trans community through Gigi’s inspiring story.  The limited theatrical distribution and wide release on YouTube Red will help this film reach as large an audience as possible to spread her important message.”

 

The film was executive produced by SelectNext’s Adam Wescott and Scott Fisher, as well as Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions. 

 

With over 2.4 million YouTube subscribers and over 7.1 million combined platform followers, actress, model, and YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous (Gigi Loren Lazzarato, born Gregory Lazzarato) engages with her fans through her beauty and fashion videos, in addition to using this platform as a beacon for being yourself. Additionally, Gigi often uses her reach to bring awareness to the real issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, providing a platform for many to find inspiration.

 

Kopple has won two Academy Awards, the first in 1976 for Harlan County, USA, about a Kentucky miners’ strike, and the second in 1991 for American Dream, the story of the Hormel Foods strike in Austin, Minnesota in 1985-86. Other films from Kopple include Miss Sharon Jones!, Running From Crazy, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing, Havoc, Wild Man Blues and many more.

 

The YouTube Red Original film is part of YouTube’s commitment to invest in new original shows and movies featuring some of YouTube’s most popular stars, and will be available exclusively on YouTube Red early 2017.  YouTube Red is a paid membership that enables the ultimate YouTube experience. Members get all of YouTube uninterrupted, a premium music experience, and exclusive access to new original series and movies. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea with plans for continued international expansion in 2017.

 

For more information about the premiere of This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, please visit www.sundance.org.

 

 

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ABOUT YOUTUBE

Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.

 

ABOUT SELECTNEXT

SelectNext is an entertainment company developing original, owned-and-operated business ventures and productions. SelectNext produced YouTube’s #1 short-form scripted series “How to Survive High School” (47M+ Total Views), along with the original single and music video for “Literally, My Life” (now 31M+ Total Views and #1 single on iTunes Comedy for 2015). SelectNext is currently in production on its first feature-length film “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” and a six episode order of the half hour comedy “Me and My Grandma” both set to premiere on YouTube Red.

 

ABOUT CABIN CREEK

Cabin Creek Films is a two-time Academy Award winning Production Company based in New York City.  The company specializes in Documentary Production and continues to receive awards for excellence in nonfiction filmmaking. Cabin Creek also produces works of fiction and commercial spots. Cabin Creek Films has partnered with Discovery, HBO, OWN Network, Viacom, Sony, Starz, TCM, ABC, Sprint, Dove, American Greetings, and many others. Film productions include Harlan County USA, American Dream, Miss Sharon Jones!, Wild Man Blues, Havoc, My Generation, A Conversation with Gregory Peck, Shut Up & Sing, and many more. Nonfiction productions for television include Running From Crazy, Gun Fight, The House of Steinbrenner, Woodstock: Now and Then, Fallen Champ: The Mike Tyson Story, Disney’s Friends for Life: Living with AIDS, OZ, Homicide, and ABC’s The Hamptons. Cabin Creek Films continues to reach audiences around the world with compelling documentaries that reveal the extraordinary in everyday life.

 

ABOUT GIGI GORGEOUS

As a transgender female, Gigi Loren Lazzarato is a Canadian actress, model, and Internet personality who inspires and entertains with her story and larger-than-life personality. Gigi is noted for chronicling her journey during her transition on her YouTube channel and has worked with several top tier brands including Crest 3D Whitening, Pantene, Too Faced, and L’Oreal. In 2015, she was also nominated for and won a Streamy Award for Best Beauty Series. Gigi is represented by Select Management Group.

 

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