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Tribeca Festival Directors Series – Gina Prince-Bythewood With Sanaa Lathan

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series features intimate conversations with world renowned directors who discuss memorable moments during their prestigious careers. One of this year’s participating directors is Gina Prince-Bythewood who spoke about

the making of the cult classic Love & Basketball, what she looks for in an actor, what she enjoys about making films, and upcoming projects. See a few highlights frorm the discusssion below.

Award-winning director/writer/producer Gina Prince-Bythewood is known for her authentic character-driven work, having directed and written such influential feature films as Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights. Most recently she directed the critically-acclaimed blockbuster, The Old Guard. She will next direct The Woman King for TriStar Pictures, starring Viola Davis. An advocate for equal representation in film and television, Prince-Bythewood funds a scholarship for African American students in the film program at UCLA, her alma mater. Sanaa Lathan is an actor, director, producer. Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien Vs. Predator, Contagion Something New, American Assassin and Nappily Ever After. In TV, Sanaa Lathan is shooting HBO’s series Succession and just wrapped the upcoming Netflix action thriller Hit & Run. Can be seen in The Twilight Zone, The Affair, Shots Fired, Native Son on HBO. Lathan just made her directorial debut with the short film Leap for Maven Pictures, which she shot during lockdown, about a Zoom therapist who suffers from OCD and panic disorder. Join us for thoughtful discussion from one of the industry’s most respected directors.

For more on Gina Prince-Bythewood, visit

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