Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood (born Gina Maria Prince; June 10, 1969) is an American film director and writer. Her primary credits as a director include the films Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, produced by Spike Lee and starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

Early Life[edit]

Bythewood attended UCLA's film school, where she also ran competitive track. At UCLA, she received the Gene Reynolds Scholarship for Directing and the Ray Stark Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduates. She graduated in 1991. Along with her friends Mara Brock Akil, Sara Finney Johnson and Felicia D. Henderson (also a UCLA graduate), she endows The Four Sisters Scholarship.


She directed 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.

Prince-Bythewood released, Beyond the Lights , starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw in 2014. Prince-Bythewood began work on the film in 2007, before work on The Secret Life of Bees was completed but struggled to find financing after her original production company, Sony, backed out after she insisted on casting Mbatha-Raw.[1] The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]

Personal Life[edit]

Her husband is Reggie Rock Bythewood, also a film director and writer.



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