Gillian Fritzsche is an award-winning director and producer with 15+ years of experience in narrative films, documentaries, and theatre across Canada and the US. Now based in NYC, she is known for producing the award-winning feature “The Rock ’n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher,” starring Marshall Bell which played at 19 festivals and won jury and audience awards at seven of them, including Best Feature Film and Best Score. Recent credits include producing and co-directing the web-series “Bronx ‘ish” written and created by actress-writer-director Danielle Alonzo, about an Afro-Latina woman growing up and chasing her dreams in the Bronx.
Gillian’s directing journey began with short movement pieces in her late teens, and moved into short and long-form improv shows, and then full length musicals. Theatre directing highlights include “The View from the Q”, winner of Best of the Fest at the Players Theatre’s Short Play & Music Festival in NYC; “Less Ado About Nothing”, an abridged adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at the renowned Pacific Theatre as part of their StonesThrow series; “Christmas at Our House” a long-form improv holiday show; and “The Most Massive Woman Wins”, a one-act play exploring eating disorders and body image.
Gillian’s film directing credits include the short drama “Sonny,” which premiered at the LA Women’s Film Festival, was nominated for Best Screenplay at The Attic Film Fest, and is currently streaming on Roku; the short comedy “Jerry & Diane,” which premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival; as well as multiple films for “The Sonnet Project” a series from NY Shakespeare Exchange dedicated to interpreting Shakespeare’s sonnets into films.
Recently, during the pandemic, she has enjoyed directing virtual table reads, including excerpts from the feature film screenplay “The Family Jewels” written by Elizabeth Ditty, the pilot “Dead Man’s Cove” by Mary Kate Allen, and the feature film script “The Girl Scout” by Peter R. Feuchtwanger.
She produced the narrative short film “Carrol Lynn,” staring Annie Golden, which premiered at the MOM Film Festival and was nominated for multiple awards and was consulting producer and director of photography on the webseries “Secret Millionaires” which was runner-up for the Audience Choice Award at the New Media Film Festival.
In the documentary space, Gillian’s recent projects include producing and directing a 12-episode doc-series called “LSL Life” for the national non-profit Hearing First, a series about families of children with hearing loss and upcoming feature documentary called “Always Bring Chocolate,” a film about the postpartum care crisis in America and upcoming short documentary about small business owners in Brooklyn during the pandemic.
As a writer, Gillian has written feature films (on commission), short films, several episodes of a “How To” web-series, short and long produced plays, and two awards shows, one of which featured the comedienne Jane Lynch.
Gillian resides in Northern New Jersey, just across the river from NYC, with her husband Ryan Fritzsche, an exceptional freelance film/video editor, two children, and a cat, where she continues a lifelong side quest for the best Americano, and enjoys CrossFit, MMA, and a good long hike. She is also a closet superhero nerd who really wishes she could fly.
I am based in NYC but can also work in Canada and Los Angeles.
Here’s my 1-page resume.