When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher — and friendship in an unexpected place. A story about friendship, overcoming bullies, body image, and knowing your worth.
Nicola Rose is an award-winning, New York-based filmmaker whose work is gathering acclaim on the festival circuit. She came to filmmaking in 2015, finishing her début film Creative Block two years later. Her films include Creative Block (2017), In the Land of Moonstones (2018), Gabrielle (2019), and the upcoming Biff & Me (2020). Nicola is the recipient of the 2018 Raine Filmmaker Award, the 2019 Female Filmmakers Fuse Emerging Talent Award, and numerous festival awards. Nicola is also an independent casting director and producer. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris.
In making "Gabrielle," I wanted to tell a story about a child who is bullied by an adult, and how that affects the kind of adult the child will then become. It takes a particular kind of strength to overcome bullying, and Gabrielle — together with her friend Camille — approaches it with grace and grit.