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Not bland at all. I am both a Sundance Episodic and Feature Workshop semifinalist, alum of the 2016 Black List/Women in Film Episodic Lab, and contributor to the Black List Blog and Vanity Fair. I’ve also placed several times in the BlueCat, American Zoetrope and Screencraft competitions. I attended Reed College and NYU’s Masters Program in Cinema Studies. An excerpt from my limited series pilot SELZNICK’S FOLLY was featured in the Vanity Fair September 2020 Issue, and a favorite of the BLACK LIST TABLE READ PODCAST SERIES.

I write elevated, character-driven thrillers, biopics, true-life and literary adaptations about about race, class, gender and sexuality in nuanced, thoughtful ways. Features include SELZNICK'S FOLLY, THE RIPPER, and THE WELCOME. Pilots include BOUDICA - LEGEND OF A QUEEN, CAPITOL CRIMES, NEITHER… NOR, STASHED IN BUNNYLAND, MARGINAL, and the CONFESSIONS OF ANNALISA.THE RIPPER, a biopic of designer Alexander McQueen and his relationship with Issie Blow, was optioned by the Cannes-winning Maven Pictures. I recently completed an adaptation of the magical realist novel THE THIRD HOTEL, which was included on The Best Fiction of 2018 list.

I write elevated, character-driven thrillers, biopics, true-life and literary adaptations about about race, class, gender and sexuality in nuanced, thoughtful ways. Features include SELZNICK'S FOLLY, THE RIPPER, and THE WELCOME. Pilots include BOUDICA - LEGEND OF A QUEEN, CAPITOL CRIMES, NEITHER… NOR, STASHED IN BUNNYLAND and MARGINAL. I also adapted the SELZNICK’S FOLLY feature, a favorite of the BLACK LIST TABLE READ PODCAST SERIES, into a television miniseries and just recently completed on an adaptation of the novel THE THIRD HOTEL, which was included on The Best Fiction of 2018 list.

Known For
The Ripper, Selznick's Folly, and Boudica: Legacy of a Queen
Achievements
Black List Lab Alum

BOUDICA: LEGEND OF A QUEEN

Gesha-Marie Bland
Drama Romance

After the ultimate betrayal by her husband, an ambitious Queen challenges her misogynist peers and declares war on the Roman Empire to gain political power and avenge the rape of her daughters, until a final battle forces her to choose between her family or political legacy.

SELZNICK'S FOLLY

Gesha-Marie Bland
Drama

After years toiling in the Studio System, Hattie McDaniel, as a low-paid, mistreated black extra, and David O. Selznick, as a humiliated underling and son-in-law to the infamous L.B. Mayer, stake their careers on “Gone With the Wind”, a risky independent project ridiculed by the industry, while navigating its tricky racial politics and its toll on their personal integrity.

SELZNICK'S FOLLY

Gesha-Marie Bland
Drama

After years toiling in the Studio System, Hattie McDaniel, as a low-paid, mistreated black extra, and David O. Selznick, as a humiliated underling and son-in-law to the infamous L.B. Mayer, stake their careers on “Gone With the Wind”, a risky independent project ridiculed by the industry, while navigating its tricky racial politics and its toll on their personal integrity.

CAPITOL CRIMES

Gesha-Marie Bland
Mystery & Suspense

When Devon, D.C.’s newly sworn-in, first black (and closeted gay) police chief appoints an officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black teen girl to head the re-opening of the city’s most baffling cold case – the Anacostia Abductions, the serial abduction and disappearance of 9 tween girls – the twists and turns in the investigation lead to a secret history of police violence and a conspiracy with ties to Capitol Hill.