Gina Prince-Bythewood

b. 1969, Los Angeles



Beyond the Lights (2014)

Synopsis: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. A smart, incisive and adult look at relationships — romantic and familial — and how they shape and define us. Beyond the Lights was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award.


The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

Synopsis: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14-year-old girl who flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.


Disappearing Acts (2000) (TV Movie)

Synopsis: A couple — a teacher/singer and construction worker — in the midst of a tumultuous relationship fight to stay together. Based on the 1989 novel by Terry McMillan.


Love and Basketball (2000)

Synopsis: The film tells the story of Monica Wright and Quincy McCall, two next-door neighbors in Los Angeles, California who pursue their passion for basketball while they fall in and out (and in again) of love with each other.

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