Bettina Gilois is an award-winning screenwriter and author who has been writing in Hollywood for over twenty years. Her screen credits include the Disney film, MCFARLAND, USA, starring Kevin Costner, directed by Niki Caro, and the HBO film, BESSIE, starring Queen Latifah. She also wrote the Disney/Bruckheimer production GLORY ROAD starring Josh Lucas. She also wrote THE LOST WIFE OF ROBERT DURST which aired on Lifetime November 2017.  She also has un-credited writing on THE MISTS OF AVALON with Anjelica Huston, and THE HURRICANE starring Denzel Washington, for which he won a Golden Globe. Her awards and nominations for Best Screenplay include an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Writing for BESSIE, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for Film (tv) BESSIE and Outstanding Writing for Film (feature) MCFARLAND USA. She is nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Screenplay for BESSIE and honored as part of the filmmaking team of MACFARLAND USA at the MovieGuide Awards. For GLORY ROAD she was nominated for the Humanitas Prize, the Movieguide Libertas Award, and the Black Reel Awards, as well as the ESPY Award. She is currently writing the series "MUSCLE SHOALS with Johnny Depp producing and Nancy Wilson of Heart composing the music. She is also writing the MAHALIA JACKSON story for Lifetime Television, and A MILLION MILES AWAY, the true story of migrant worker to astronaut, Jose Hernandez, for Netflix.


Gilois first began working as an assistant to the director of LIQUID SKY, Slava Tsukerman, in her native Berlin, as well as working at Andy Warhol's Factory in New York on the television series ANDY WARHOL'S FIFTEEN MINUTES. She subsequently joined Keith Barish and Arnold Kopelson Productions as a development executive, which led to her producing credits on FIRE BIRDS as well as TRIPLE BOGIE ON A PAR FIVE HOLE with Amos Poe.

She began her writing career working with Joel Silver Productions and in the last twenty five years has written projects for further notable producers, directors, and actors, such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Surnow, Michael Mann, Norman Jewison, Joel Silver, Dick and Lili Zanuck, Jeffrey Katzenberg, William Friedkin, Robert Zemeckis, Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Michael Douglas, Queen Latifah, Nicolas Cage, Robert DeNiro, Martin Campbell and Christian Bale.


Her book "Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light" was published September 9th, 2014, and is currently being made into a movie. Other books include "Mi Vida Loca: The Crazy Life of Johnny Tapia," as well as work on "Bleeding Beverly" for Simon and Schuster, about the first African American principal at Beverly Hills High School. All three book projects have garnered film deals.


Bettina Gilois is a Columbia University graduate in art history. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at Chapman University and has also taught at St. John's College in Santa Fe, and Hofstra University. She is a special contributor to the Huffington Post Arts and Culture section, and has written journalistically about film, art and art history for other publications as well.


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