Gian-Carla "Gia" Coppola (born January 1, 1987) is an American film director, screenwriter, and actress. She is a granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, the daughter of Gian-Carlo Coppola and the niece of Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola.
January 1, 1987
The credits of the 1996 film Jack, directed by her grandfather Francis Ford Coppola, include the dedication "for gia 'When you see a shooting star...'" (with her name stylized in lower case). She was close in age to the characters in the film at the time.
Peter Getty, son of Gordon Getty, became her stepfather when he married her mother in 2000. They separated in 2009. Coppola grew up in both Los Angeles and the Coppola family vineyard in Napa Valley. Coppola spent much of her childhood on the sets of her aunt Sofia Coppola's films. Coppola worked as a staff assistant in the costume department in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, and as a creative consultant in Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt.
Coppola dropped out of high school (Archer School for Girls) and subsequently earned her GED. After attending community college, Coppola studied photography at Bard College in New York. After attending Bard College, Coppola stated that she "felt a little burnt out on taking pictures after years of churning out so many for classes". This resulted in her turning to film as a medium of interest.
Coppola's film career began when she directed a short film for her friend's fashion label. Soon enough, Coppola was hired to make short films for Opening Ceremony which starred Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman (her father's cousin), Zac Posen (who said that "she’s going to be the next Coppola force to be reckoned with"), Diane Von Furstenberg, Rodarte, and Elle China.
Coppola made her directorial feature film debut with Palo Alto, an adaption of James Franco's short story collection of the same name. The film premiered in the Orizzonti section of the 70th Venice International Film Festival, as well as the 38th Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. After befriending James Franco, Coppola was asked to adapt and direct his collection of short stories Palo Alto. She said she agreed to do the project because of how well she connected with the source material. When working on the film, she drew inspiration from films such as American Graffiti, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Outsiders, and The Virgin Suicides. Coppola collaborated with her teenage cast to write the script and make it as authentic as possible. Many parallels have been drawn between Coppola's debut and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, in terms of the style and genre.
In December 2013, it was announced that distributor Tribeca Film had picked up the film for distribution, and it was released theatrically on May 9, 2014. The film was released on DVD in the United States on September 9, 2014.
The Secret Life of the Lonely DollEdit
In March 2016, Coppola announced that her next feature would be an adaptation of Jean Nathan's The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, a biopic on Dare Wright, author of the children's book The Lonely Doll. Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts were both attached to star in the project.
- Buckley, Cara (May 1, 2014). "With 'Palo Alto,' Another Coppola, Another Show". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
Ms. Coppola is the namesake of Gian-Carlo; her full name is Gian-Carla.
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