|"After leaving The Tribeca Film Festival screening of The Self-Destruction of Gia I was numb and couldn't shake it off for a couple of days. Hearing vivid first hand accounts of Gia's self-destruction made me question, and at the same time understand many things about her. The film took me deeper into her life than I could have ever imagined and as the layers were peeled away from the surface, The Self-Destruction of Gia exposed a very vulnerable and violated young girl...my heart broke. It seemed to me that Gia suffered the kind of abuse and neglect that tears away your innocence and replaces it with fear, shame, guilt and confusion. Her tough exterior masked her pain and covered the scars inside. If you get a chance to see The Self-Destruction of Gia you will never forget it".
|AN AMERICAN GIRL
THE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF GIA
a film by JJ MARTIN
|Dear Mr. Martin,
"I saw you after the film at Tribeca in New York. I appreciate your hard work and wanted to tell you, and I regret now that I didn't speak with you. I don't know if anyone else could have carried Gia's message across quite as well as you did. I'm not a very emotional person but I found myself crying throughout the entire movie. I appreciate the amazing work that you have done with this film. I thank you so much."
|"I've seen the HBO movie and i've read the Stephen Fried book,
but this is so different, so direct, so true, and so beautiful!
Nice job Mr. JJ Martin."
|Dear Mr. Martin,
I love your film. It is a brilliant time capsule of the period when the lovely Gia was among us. It is also a compelling and loving tribute to everything she was and everything she would have been.
The film captures her many different characters, just watching her walk down the dark street in her long black coat, the way her head turns in each direction gives us an entirely different face. When all is said and done, she was just a kid and your film brought that home to me. I hope your project continues to generate interest. Her story is important, and so is your work.
All my best,