Gershon's six-part series to bow in April
HOLLYWOOD — The Independent Film Channel will air a docu series following thesp-turned-rock star Gina Gershon on her first-ever concert tour. Gershon toplines the related indie feature “Prey for Rock & Roll.”
Six-part docu series “Prey for Gina Gershon,” is exec produced by Seth Jarrett (MTV’s “Ultrasound”) and IFC director of development and production Debbie DeMontreux (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”)
Series was shot over the course of Gershon’s recent three-week tour with real-life Gotham-based band Boys Against Girls.
Channel plans to bow the reality skein in April.
“Gina is the perfect artist for us to follow because she’s such an indie darling,” DeMontreux said. “This project also further expands our brand. It doesn’t necessarily center on independent film, but it follows the life of an independent film artist as she embarks on a courageous and gutsy move. Touring isn’t as glamorous as you’d think.”
Gershon, who plays an aspiring rocker in the companion film, says she’s been singing and songwriting since she was 15. No stranger to stage fright, the actress has already showcased her vocal talents in the David E. Kelley series “Snoops” and Broadway’s “Cabaret.”
Gershon will narrate the video diary, though she admits being initially wary of doing anything labeled “reality TV.”
“I’m such a weirdly private person so at first I wasn’t interested. But when I understood that it would be more of a behind-the-scenes documentary of the tour, something I’ve never done before, I decided it might be cool for audiences to share in that experience,” Gershon said. “And IFC is so quality and artist-friendly to begin with, I knew it would be done the right way.”
As the star and producer of “Prey for Rock & Roll,” a project she’s shepherded for almost two years, Gershon says the docu-series will also show auds the process and struggle of promoting and selling an independent film.
“It’s really tough when you have no money,” she said. “It was amazing and crazy and a really interesting way to promote the movie.”
“Prey for Rock & Roll” is in limited release and opens wide Oct. 31. Pic premiered at this year’s Sundance.
Gershon will also participate in the channel’s tribute to helmer Ted Demme, “In Search of Ted Demme.”
IFC is rapidly ramping up its originals slate for next year. Previously announced projects include the series “Film School,” and original docs “Slasher,” directed by John Landis, and “In the Company of Women” centered on women in indie film.
Gershon’s feature credits include “Bound,” “Face/Off” and “Showgirls.”