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'Gold Star' Director Victoria Negri Explores Caregiving Through Film

Gold Star poster
(Image courtesy of Victoria Negri)
Negri put her experience on screen in the film “Gold Star.”

Caring for an aging parent at home has become a more routine occurrence across the United States. But it’s not as common for the child to be in their 20s while the parent is in their 80s or 90s.

For first-time filmmaker, Victoria Negri, this was her reality for several years of her early adulthood. Negri put her experience on screen in the film “Gold Star.”

Negri wrote, directed, produced and acted in the film that not only explores what it is like to be a young caretaker but also the emotions of anger and frustration she had suppressed while taking care of her father, who is played in the film by the late Robert Vaughn.

Negri talked more about her story and what it was like working with one of Hollywood’s legends.

Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.