AN AWARD-WINNING film artist, Earth traveler, irreverent academic, hopeless realist, incessant believer in progress and ready for the apocalypse.

ONLY THE SECOND WOMAN since the silent film era to direct a feature-length Western, Turquoise, GiGi’s narrative and documentary films have won recognition both nationally and internationally. Her screenplay Cosmic Radio, starring Michael Madsen, Seymour Cassel, and Wes Studi, was an Official Selection at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and her film work for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is archived at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. GiGi has an M.F.A. in Experimental and Media Arts with a Concentration in Digital Cinema, LBDCropBWsmas well as B.A. degrees in Cinema Studies and Philosophy. She is a professional visual artist, photographer, published writer, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. However, she is most proud of and bemused by her work as a mom.

A PASSIONATE EDUCATOR when she’s not making films, hatching plots, or contriving characters, GiGi has developed curricula for and taught classes in media production at the University of Minnesota and Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. At present, she works with students in Minneapolis Public Schools and is developing two media arts projects for 8-12th grade students: Grrrilla Filmmakers (mentoring young women film/video artists) and CinemAlive (critically engaging with and consciously creating media arts).

IN VARIOUS STAGES of development on several film scripts and projects, including a short documentary and a feature-length horror-comedy-musical. Please click Portfolio for more information on her past and present film work. A founding member of the Midwest-based Women in Media Arts and the Idyllwild Motion Picture Arts Cooperative in Southern California, GiGi currently sits on the Board of Directors for Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis. She is a member of the academic society Phi Kappa Phi, and has been a Partner in Hope with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2000.

Please click CV to see a detailed Curriculum Vitae.