This time last year I was filming a full-length feature film here in Idaho. It was…a life-changer. After years of not acting, I got to prove to myself that I was still capable of fighting and laughing and crying on demand. Mostly I learned that I am more than a mom, wife and business owner. I was still GiGi underneath everything.
Retreat is the story of a group of friends reuniting on the fifth anniversary of a good friend’s death. Sound like something you’ve seen before? Nope. This story is unique. The characters are real and flawed and beautiful.
During post-production (the actual editing of the film), the couple that owned the production company divorced after over a decade together. They took a few weeks to let the dust settle and then they went back to work. Stephanie and Gene are fantastic people who would never let the dissolution of their marriage detract from the vision they have as a production company. I respect them and wouldn’t have been surprised if they had sent a memo stating, “We can’t.” I mean, I’ve been through two divorces; I know how hard separations are. But, no. They continue to piece together the work we did. I love them for it. We all shared an amazing experience together and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.