Gina Prince-Bythewood was born in 1969. She married Reggie Bythewood who also is a film director. She had a few previous shows that made television such as â€śA Different Worldâ€? and (even more popular to me at least) â€śFelicity.â€? Her biggest break came after she directed â€śLove and Basketball.â€? Besides working with her husband on â€śA Different Worldâ€?, they also have a son, Cassius, born March 1, 2001.
http://www.hollywood.com/celebrity/Gina_PrinceBythewood/186586#milestones Here you can find summary information about the movies she directed which also include â€śSweet Justiceâ€? â€śBiker Boyzâ€? and â€śCourthouse.â€?
The movie that I have seen that she has directed is â€śLove and Basketball.â€? This movie has two main characters, Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan). They meet in grade school. Both are very tough and very good at basketball. They remain close friends until the end of high school when they start to date. They both went to the same college, USC, with a full scholarship for basketball. Quincy, of course, being the highly recruited in high school. Quincy decided to go pro before he graduated. Monica finished college but went international to play basketball, probably due to the WNBA not being established or not fully established. Quincy was having a â€śdifficultâ€? time until he injured his knee. Monica came to visit him in the hospital, which leads to the endingâ€¦which I wonâ€™t give away for those who havenâ€™t seen it yet!
I actually had no idea that Gina directed â€śLove and Basketballâ€? until I was scrolling through the http://www.sistersincinema.com/ website of Filmmakers and noticed â€śLove and Basketball.â€? I am said to admit that I did not recognize any of the other women directors or the work that they did. I had heard of â€śFelicityâ€? but canâ€™t say I have ever watched it. I didnâ€™t have time to watch â€śLove and Basketballâ€? again, but I will have to now. It will be interesting to watch the movie and look for the things that a women director would have added.