With Palo Alto, Coppola brought a disquieting beauty reminiscent of Aunt Sofia’s work to her debut feature, adapted from James Franco’s 2010 short story collection. “Anyone can create and put stuff out there,” she says of her inquisitive approach to filmmaking, “so then as viewers and listeners we have access to a lot of different unique view points.” With a second Franco-linked project in the works, we may have a duo to kickstart indie cinema’s renaissance.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Gia Coppola: I listened to too much top 40 music.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Gia Coppola: I get to collaborate and tell stories with moving photographs.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
Gia Coppola: “Human Sadness”, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz.
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Gia Coppola: More big gold iPhones.
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Gia Coppola: I’m making a Gia Grape Gelly out of pinot noir grapes, and hopefully another movie.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Gia Coppola: The technology that’s available allows anyone to create and put stuff out there. So then as a viewers/listeners, we have access to a lot of different unique view points.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Gia Coppola: Got better at poker. Learning ballet now.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Gia Coppola: Callie McConnell.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Gia Coppola: I have a lot of game apps I need to delete.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Gia Coppola: Jack Kilmer.
Gia Coppola wears dress by Saint Laurent Paris; hair Cash Lawless at The Magnet Agency; make-up Deanna Melluso at The Magnet Agency; photographic assistants Nick Brinley, Daren Thomas; special thanks Vita inc. Tokyo
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