New York, New York: Second City and Saturday Night Live alum Gilda Radner was celebrated in a documentary April 18, 2018 at the Tribeca International Film Festival. Radner, who died in 1989 from ovarian cancer, remains beloved by anyone who loves comedy and is particularly loved by Franklin Eugene, an associate producer for “Love, Gilda.”
Mr. Eugene, a business professional, fashion designer, film producer, and humanitarian who just recently won a LUX Global Excellence Award, was excited for it to show at the Beacon Theater April 18. According to the website for the documentary LoveGilda.com:
In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes inspired by Gilda (Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong), Love, Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.
Produced and directed by Lisa D’Apolito, “Love, Gilda” is a love letter to her fans and in the voice of someone silenced too soon. Michigan born and bred Radner dropped out of college at Ann Arbor to follow her boyfriend to Toronto. There she wound up a principal member of The Second City which led to her being cast on the first season of Saturday Night Live. From SNL, her career led to movies, Broadway, and writing her autobiography, “It’s Always Something.” Three decades after her death, Radner’s dedication to her craft is memorialized in a film that showcases her tender genius to make people laugh, sometimes in the face of the worst things.
About Franklin Eugene
Mr. Eugene is honored to have been part of a team that produced a film about another creative personality. Mr. Eugene has produced several other films. His menswear collection TIGER STRONG showed January 15 of this year during Milan Men’s Fashion Week. Well noted for his activism, the Global Patron of the Arts is an impassioned proponent of causes including but not limited to OAfrica, Venice Biennale, The Wikimedia Foundation, and, of course, Gilda’s Clubs. Mr. Eugene is a founding member of Common Objective, a movement designed to, among other things, increase the global footprint of sustainable fashion. Go to http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7524286/ to learn more.