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GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD (Screenwriter/Director) makes her feature film directorial debut on Love and Basketball. Her script for Love and Basketball was accepted to both the Sundance Institute's Writers Lab and its Directors Lab.

Prince-Bythewood is a graduate of UCLA Film School; while an undergraduate at UCLA, she was also a student athlete running track. She qualified for the PAC-Ten Championships in the triple jump her sophomore year and received the Gene Reynolds Scholarship for Directing for her 16mm thesis film, Stitches. Prince Bythewood's work also earned her the Ray Stark Memorial Scholarship for Most Outstanding Undergraduate.

The Northem California native began her career as a writer on the popular television comedy "A Different World," then went on to write for the critically acclaimed Fox series "South Central." In 1994 Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the CBS Schoolbreak Special "What About Your Friends," which won an NAACP Image Award for Best Children's Special and two Emmy nominations for writing and directing. More recently, she served as a producer for the critically acclaimed WB series "Felicity."

Her other television credits include the NBC series "Sweet Justice," starring Cicely Tyson, and the CBS series "Courthouse." Prince-Bythewood also co-wrote and directed two film shorts for Def Comedy Jam/HBO with comedian Dave Chappelle.


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