Gina Prince-Bythewood biography

Gina Prince-Bythewood

Film director

1969 –


Who is Gina Prince-Bythewood?

Gina Prince-Bythewood 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.

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, 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.

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

Gina is currently in pre-production for a new feature film, Blackbird, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw.


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Jun 10, 1969
United States of America
Also known as
  • Gina Maria Prince
  • Gina Prince
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

on July 23, 2013