Talent Guide

Gabriel London

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2010


Gabriel London is a documentary filmmaker and campaign creative director for socially conscious brands and non-profits. Since starting his production company, Found Object Films, London has directed films for leading non-profits, corporations, and broadcasters that have brought overlooked stories to an international audience, dealing with issues ranging from prison conditions to climate change. London’s films have been broadcast nationally on television networks such as MTV and Spike, and internationally as part of film festivals including IDFA, Tribeca Film Festival and Urbanworld.

In 2001, London teamed with Human Rights Watch to tell the story of the most vulnerable and victimized inmates behind bars, creating two award-winning films to accompany HRW’sNo Escape: Prison Rape in America report. Together, the films and report went on to galvanize public support for policy change and in 2003 helped pass the United States Prison Rape Elimination Act, which was signed into law.

In the years since, London produced Drew Barrymore’s documentary on voting, The Best Place to Start, and directed and produced Snoop Dogg’s autobiographical film about the streets-to-prison cycle of at-risk youth, Bigg Snoop Dogg’s Youth Authority.

Currently, London is directing The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, a hybrid animated documentary about efforts to free a legendary Florida prison escape artist who has been trapped behind bars for thirty years. That film recently won the Golden Trailer award for best WIP trailer, and is being produced by Naked Edge Films’ Jim Butterworth and Daniel Chalfen.

Recent campaign projects include short films on Haiti for the Clinton Foundation and Wyclef’s NGO, Yele Haiti.

Current Project

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (Documentary/Animated Feature)


The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest chronicles the story of an infamous prison escape artist whose notoriety and outsized personality threaten his quest to be freed after 30 years behind bars.