In black-and-white, Gabrielle walks down the sidewalk of the city.
She stands against a caramel painted wall. It rotates to a cornflower blue and back to caramel.
She dances on stage by a red curtain.
Wearing a multi-colored eyepatch, she sits on her bed.
She places her head on a mirror.
Lit in cornflower blue, she moves her arms as she stands against the wall.
She waves her tambourine against the caramel painted wall.
Gabrielle listens to the message again, jotting down the number on a notepad. She has the woman’s name but can’t get the full number. She keeps getting stuck at “just letting you know you won the grant. Congratulations!” For several years, she had been struggling to get her side business off the ground. She came home from work and completed orders for her friends. Every weekend, she was at the market, selling her clothes.
However, someone believed in her. They saw potential in her work. They think it’s marketable and should be available. She writes a list of the things she has to do. Tomorrow, she has to call into work. She’ll return the woman’s call in the morning. It’s already past 6 p.m. and she doubts the woman is available.
With the grant, she is able to go part-time at her job and concentrate on her clothing. She sets up meetings with possible investors and is able to find support. The investors help her find stores to place her designs. She hires an advertising firm to publicize her company. A few stores ask if she has accessories. She creates some handbags and hires some employees to fulfill the orders. Her job wants to know if she’s coming back. She tells them, unfortunately she can’t, she’s running her own business.
Director: N/A Year: 1993