|AN AMERICAN GIRL
The Self-Destruction of Gia
a film by JJ MARTIN
|TO READ WHAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN THE FILM ARE SAYING ABOUT IT.|
|The Self-Destruction of Gia is a documentary film that examines the life and untimely death of Gia Carangi - supermodel...heroin addict...dead at age 26.
Her brief life is painstakingly explored in this documentary film directed and produced by JJ Martin. When Gia was only 17, she rocketed to the top of the fashion world. Her face graced Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and virtually all the international glamour magazines. Sought by the world's top photographers, she apparently had it all. But two short years later she hit bottom in the dark, horrifying world of herion addiction. For Gia, the American dream turned into a nightmare.
Through penetrating, in-depth interviews, AN AMERICAN GIRL: The Self-Destruction of Gia searches for the dark, destructive forces that affected Gia and contributed to her death. It is a picture of an anguished, frightened young woman grasping for something meaningful in her life. Those who loved her, worked with her, cried for her, and sat by her deathbed - photographer Francesco Scavullo, creative director Polly Mellen, fashion editor Jade Hobson, designers Vera Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg, supermodel Janice Dickinson, makeup artist and Gia's lover - Sandy Linter, drug therapist Robert Hilton, and Gia's mother Kathleen Sperr - are a few of the people who reveal a tormented life spiraling out of control.
|DIRECTOR'S NOTE: Since her tragic death in 1986, the importance of Gia's story has been kept alive by non-stop media coverage. Today there's an ever growing desire to see and hear the real Gia. Through the use of exclusive, never-before-seen footage, photographs, and interviews, The Self-Destruction
of Gia exposes the reality behind the myth.