We had the good fortune of connecting with Gemma Doll-Grossman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gemma, how do you think about risk?
As a cinematographer, I live on a see-saw, abruptly rocking between adventure and stability.
At age 22, I bought a one-way ticket to my grandmother’s homeland, Italy, tossing myself into a risky abyss of uncertainty. While making Rome my home over four years, I found my film family: a creative hive of multi-lingual, multi-cultural artists.
Last year, while working with this film family on the latest Jonas Carpignano feature “A CHIARA”, the pandemic hit. We hunkered down, took a 1-month pause, and conceived of the short film “LUNA PIENA” in quarantine. Shot in Calabria and Sicily, “LUNA PIENA” is a haunting fever dream, written and directed by Isabella Torre.
Although I’m now based in LA, I enjoy the sweet discomfort that emerges from shooting abroad. I’m forced to articulate myself in another language and distill my vision into its most clear. Risk breathes raw emotionality into my work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a cinematographer committed to exploring femme perspectives, shooting on celluloid, and crafting visual music that make audience’s skins crawl.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Breakfast burrito at DELIA’s on York St. Swim at ABALONE COVE BEACH
Eat fish ceviche tostadas at SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET
Walk to the top of MT. WASHINGTON and go to the gardens of SELF-REALIZATION CENTER founded by Paramahansa Yogananda
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you Bill Dill, ASC for your wisdom and candor
John David Devirgiliis