"This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous" Premiering at Sundance 2017

THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS SELECTED FOR DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE AT THE2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL   Directed by Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Barbara Kopple & Produced by SelectNext Will Launch Exclusively on YouTube Red in Early 2017   New York, NY (December 5, 2016) — 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 have its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as an official selection of the festival’s Documentary Premiere section.  The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19-29 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City.   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.   "Telling Gigi's story of transformation and acceptance is like a beacon of light in a difficult time for the LGBTQ community and others. Having this film make its world premiere at Sundance, with the incredible platform it offers, will bring this inspiring story of hope and love to so many people” said director Barbara Kopple who also produced the film under her Cabin Creek Films banner.   “It is thrilling to premiere this deeply revealing documentary that showcases the talent of Barbara Kopple, and exposes the intimate journey of YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous, at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival,” said Susanne Daniels, YouTube Red. “YouTube Red continues to provide a platform for unique and exciting storytelling through YouTube Red Originals, and we’re honored to share this powerful project with the world.”   “We’re honored to premiere Gigi’s journey at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and are grateful for the continued support from our partners at YouTube Red Originals,” says executive producer Adam Wescott of SelectNext. “YouTube Red has quickly become a platform for existing Creators like Gigi to expand their creative efforts, tell great stories and work with established talent like our incomparable director Barbara Kopple.”   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 2.1 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 YouTube Music experience, and exclusive access to new original series and movies from top YouTube creators. 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.     #          #          #   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 FILMS 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, Homocide, 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.     # # # MEDIA CONTACTS:   YOUTUBE Lauren Verrusio (914) 419-5881 laurenverrusio@google.com   PMK*BNC Lee Meltzer (212) 373-6142 Lee.Meltzer@pmkbnc.com