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Gina Prince-Bythewood Biography

Birth Name:
Gina Maria Prince
Director, writer

Fast Facts

  • Adopted at 3 weeks old
  • Qualified for the Pac-10 Championships in triple jump during her sophomore year of college
  • Received the Gene Reynolds Scholarship Award for her thesis film Stitches at UCLA
  • Worked as a TV writer for A Different World after college
  • Her script for Love & Basketball was accepted into the Sundance Institute's Writers and Directors Lab, where it was noticed by representatives from Spike Lee's production company
  • Named UCLA's Filmmaker of the Year in 2009


  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: nominated
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: winner