"Extraordinarily brave woman whose inspirational story gives strength to many others."

                                                           — DEBRA BRUNNER
                                                      FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF THE TOGETHER PLAN

ABOUT

I'm a creator and express myself in many forms. I began life as a visual artist and started taking photos where I loved spending hours in my darkroom. I found myself shooting stories with my photographs and painting them in an impressionist way. My desire to use words and sound led me to moving images.  I became an Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose movies and programs have premiered on Netflix, HBO, A&E, and Discovery. 

 
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“Gayle is an inspired speaker, able to be witty, articulate, authentic and uplifting while embracing difficult and intensely personal subject matters.” 

— MARINA CANTACUZINO

Founder/Director of The Forgiveness Project

 

SPEAKING/
COACHING/
WORKSHOPS

NO MORE DRAMA WITH MAMA
RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS THAT MATTER

Did you ever feel you were born into the wrong family?

 

- Do you find you have difficult relationships?
- Do you ever find yourself feeling angry, sad, or powerless?
- Is something blocking you from taking the next step in life?


I DISCOVERED THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. 

ARE YOU READY TO?

"Dazzling self confidence!"


    — WASHINGTON POST

FILM & TV

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My focus is on making films and programs that help others. 

 

After years working in television creating non-fiction programming for A&E, Discovery, HBO, NBC, Lifetime, and FOX TV, I decided to turn the camera on myself and started making personal documentaries. My first film that premiered on HBO A DOGS LIFE: A DOGAMENTARY about the human-canine bond as told through my story. Next came MY NOSE about my mother's relentless campaign to get a nose job. Following the outpouring of enthusiasm for this funny film, I knew I had to make the feature film LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER! It was the hardest and most important film I ever made. 

"An invigorating collection that seeped with visceral humanity"
                                                   — RILEY MCGRAW HILL Honeysuckle Magazine

PHOTOGRAPHY

In between films, I found myself returning to my first love - photography.  Capturing moments, creating images that move people, I am putting much attention into my fine art photography. I've been exhibiting having solo and group shows both in the states and abroad. My photos have been featured in books such as the ICP (International Center for Photography) Global Crisis and publications both print and online

 

 

“Gayle’s writing is always brave, as she reflects on family, relationships and her own self-exploration. She lives deeply and writes her experiences — from the heart.”

                  — IRIS KRASNOW

Senior Editor-AARP The Ethel

WRITING

I've been writing since I was quite young starting with my diaries. They were a safe place I could escape to where I could release my thoughts, my fears, and my joys. Being an artist I used not only words but drawings. With my passion for taking people on a journey, I started sharing my stories and publishing them while I was living in Los Angeles and making television shows. I can't stop writing and am thrilled to have been publishing my words in various magazines, newspapers, and literary journals including Parade, Huffington Post, Next Avenue, AARP, Honeysuckle, Jewish Journal, and Newsday.

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PRESS

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I have been very lucky to attract press, including a few features in the New York Times. My first big story in the NYT was when I was working on my first personal independent documentary or I should say “dogamentary” with my Shih Tzu, Chelsea. This was way back in 2001, before 9/11. It was the early stages of personal websites. I learned enough to build an entertaining website, which included a diary Chelsea and I wrote daily (this was before blogs). I’m convinced it was my website that landed me on the front cover with a story titled, “Cut, She’s Chewing the Scenery.” That article got me all over national TV, including NBC's Today. And as they say, the rest is history.