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Gina Prince-Bythewood          

Writer & Director Known for "Love & Basketball" and Netflix's "The Old Guard", First Black Woman to Direct a Major Comic-Book Movie

Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. She studied at UCLA Film School, where she received the Gene Reynold's Scholarship for Directing and the Ray Stark Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate. Upon her graduation in 1991, she was immediately hired as a writer on the television series “A Different World” (1987). She continued to write for network television on series such as “Felicity” (1998), “South Central” (1994), “Courthouse” (1995), and “Sweet Justice” (1994) before making the transition to directing.

After five years working in TV as a writer on shows, Prince-Bythewood wrote her first film, 2000's Love & Basketball. Prince-Bythewood said, "With Love & Basketball, I played ball my whole life and did track at UCLA. So, I’m an athlete. And it was very important for me to get it right." The film was developed at the Sundance Institute's directing and writing lab. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include the HBO film Disappearing Acts (2000).

She directed the feature film, The Secret Life of Bees, which was adapted from the best-selling book by Sue Monk Kidd. It was released by Fox Searchlight in October 2008, and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and Urbanworld Film Festival that same year.

In 2014, Prince-Bythewood directed Beyond the Lights, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Prince-Bythewood began work on the film in 2007, before work on 2008's The Secret Life of Bees. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Other writing credits include 2017's Before I Fall, which was based on a young adult novel, and premiered at that year's Sundance Film Festival.


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