Gina DeAngelis is the youngest of ten kids who all talked at once. She started writing a book at age 8 just to get a word in, little expecting that in a couple of decades, she’d have published 32 others. After a year of high school in Australia, as far from home as she could physically get, she studied acting, playwriting, and directing alongside history for her B.A. Now a professional writer for 20+ years, she holds Master’s degrees in both history and screenwriting, and she won an Emmy Award (two nominations) for historical drama.
In Gina’s spec features, her unlikely heroes suffer from estrangement and isolation before building diverse found families, and even her darkest stories are ultimately life-affirming. Her scripts have been consistently honored by the Nicholl Fellowships, Austin Film Festival, PAGE Screenwriting Awards, Stowe Story Labs, and others.
Recent releases include the indie feature EVERYTHING FUN YOU COULD POSSIBLY DO IN ALEDO, ILLINOIS (2023); thirteen commissioned documentary shorts STORIES OF WAR for the African American Veterans Memorial in New York; and her own horror short ASK FOR HELP has its European premiere in early 2024. Her film adaptation of the Pamela Painter story DOORS is in post-production. Gina’s previous work has appeared on PBS and was performed live for Queen Elizabeth II.
Honors & Awards
2nd Place, CineStory Feature Retreat - THE KNOCKING AT THE MARSH - 2023
Finalist, Film Pipeline Short Script Competition - DOORS - 2023
Best Family Feature Screenplay, Richmond Film Festival - MIA'S ACCIDENTALS - 2022
THE KNOCKING AT THE MARSH
(Horror/supernatural thriller - think THE WITCH, MAMÁ, THE WIND)
When her widowed mother vanishes during a blizzard in 1850s Virginia, a biracial teenager must defend herself, her vulnerable little sister, and their isolated farm against their slaveholding uncle and the torments of an angry spirit.
IF THESE WALLS COULD SHUT UP
(Horror-comedy - think NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, THE HAUNTED MANSION)
When a reluctant inheritor decides to sell a tourist-trap re-enactment village, the site's ghosts mount a dangerous campaign of resistance, unless she can solve a 200-year-old mystery in one night.
THE LITANY OF THE SAINTS
(Murder mystery/thriller - think THE NAME OF THE ROSE, DOUBT)
When a judgmental young nun suspects that the death of her mother-superior was no accident, she must identify which of her sisters is the murderer—and why—before she becomes the next victim, while suppressing her attraction to the violent man who protects her.
Female-centric, Thriller, Psychological, Historical/Alternative History, Coming-of-Age, Bittersweet, Naturalistic