Documentary filmmaker Danielle Gardner, whose take on the N.Y.C. street basketball scene — “Soul in the Hole” — won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary in 1998, will delve into the nightlife of young Hollywood, helming “Guest List Only” for Thunderbird Pictures.
After “Soul in the Hole,” Gardner hadn’t planned on doing another documentary, until “G.L.O.” came to her attention. “I thought it would be fun,” says Gardner. “I like proving that documentaries can be entertaining.”
“G.L.O.” will focus on party promoters — in particular a woman from Wisconsin who calls herself Pantera Sarah — who’ve revived the Sunset Strip club scene. Through interviews with clubgoers, promoters, employees and the people who can’t get in, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at a handful of Hollywood’s most exclusive hangouts, and see how promoters like Sarah attract and keep their A-list clientele.
“I like going into worlds that people have a lot of expectations about, and I like to come in with a fresh eye and get a different angle,” says Gardner. “This is not going to be an overview — I want to tell a story and get inside this world. I enjoy subcultures and trying to figure out how they work.”
“G.L.O.” will be produced by Thunderbird’s Holly Wiersma and Andrea Mia, and exec produced by Thunderbird’s Peter McAlevey. The trio was the creative team behind the dramatic feature “Shadow Hours,” which starred Peter Weller and was screened in competition at Sundance 2000.
“G.L.O.” is repped by WMA Independent, and Gardner is managed by Paul Kelmenson at Unlimited Management.