Gina B. LaLonde is currently a Michener Center for Writers screenwriting fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She will receive her MFA in 2017.
Gina is an alumna of Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University in 2007, specializing in dramatic writing and producing commercial, narrative and documentary media. Prior to NYU, Gina studied creative writing at Eugene Lang College, The New School University, and film theory and criticism at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Gina has had the opportunity to intern at such companies as SMUGGLER Productions, where she wrote treatments and produced commercial media, Content Film, where she read and wrote script coverage in the development department, and at United Artists/ MGM, where she screened and wrote reviews of newly acquired media.
Since graduation, she has been involved in film production, news, copywriting and advertising. Gina is an exceptional dramatic and critical writer, a stylish and rhythmic editor, and a detail oriented live-action director.
In 2004, Gina was awarded the Women In Film Seattle, Future Filmmaker Award, followed by the Fusion Filmmaker Screenwriting Grant at New York University, and then the prestigious WTC Johnson Fellowship from Tisch School of the Arts. Gina has also had her short fiction and poems published by The Floating Bridge Press.
In her commercial, narrative, music video, short documentary films, and news stories, Gina’s work blurs the borders between dark comedy and thriller, thought provoking and satire, mainstream and avant-garde. One such video, Oh Happy Oh (2006), was accepted as an experimental installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Her work at Northwest Cable News as a video editor has proved she can work under deadline with accuracy, technical proficiency, and absolute attention to detail.
Gina's third script, The Rousty was just selected as a runner-up for Seattle International Film Festival's Catalyst Screenplay Competition, as well as a top five honorable mention with ISA Fast Track Mentorship in 2015.
Future plans include goals such as finding funding by kickstarting her first feature-length screenplay, Salvation, which was recognized as a 2011 Sundance Institute finalist. Gina is now in the process of completing two other screenplays while continuing to write fiction, poetry and short prose. Gina is most passionate about writing, learning and telling stories that touch hearts and minds.