Over the course of an accomplished creative career, Olympian turned Writer-Director Gigi Gaston has sold screenplays to Miramax, New Line, Universal and Fox, directed music videos, features and an award-winning Sundance documentary, and managed musicians on labels including Sony, RCA, Warner Brothers, Wind-Up and RYKO. Recently returned to screenwriting full time after successful runs in each of those artistic pursuits, she's currently at work on multiple projects in various stages of development, including FLY GIRLS, a limited series set in the world of female WWII pilots with Executive Producer Sharon Stone's The Vanguard and Tommy Thompson. In addition to FLY GIRLS, Gaston is developing FAT, STUPID, UGLY, based on the acclaimed book by Deborah Constance which tells the story of A PLACE CALLED HOME, about LA's famed youth center/refuge for gang kids.
A native of Greenwich Connecticut and lifelong storyteller, Gaston began pursuing Olympic Equestrian Show Jumping at 11, and became the youngest rider ever to win an Olympic Competition when she took top honors at the Washington International Horse Show. Continuing to ride competitively, she also began to pursue writing, selling her first script, LIKE A LADY, to Harvey Weinstein and Drew Barrymore. Additional script sales followed, including MOCKINGBIRD, an action-sci-fi-love story based on the award-winning Walter Tevis novel of the same name to Steve Tisch and Mary Parent and historical drama MADAME LEPESCUE, which Universal purchased for director Ron Howard in a high six-figure deal. Gaston made her directorial debut shortly thereafter with Sundance Channel documentary THE CREAM WILL RISE, showcasing the elusive, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Sophie B. Hawkins.
Since that time, she has directed countless music videos (including Olivia Newton John's hyped 2001 reprisal of I Honestly Love You), as well as the action-heist RIP IT OFF, starring Nastassia Kinski, Alyson Hannigan and Jennifer Esposito and the buzzed-about documentary WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED chronicling alleged voting irregularities in America's Caucus system. IN 2012, she wrote and directed the stage play, ROOM 105: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF JANIS JOPLIN, which starred Sophie B. Hawkins in the title role and was held over for an extended three month run at the Macha Theater in Los Angeles, produced by Tommy Thompson and Colleen Camp. Critics hailed it as "enlightening," "an absolute must-see," "impressively written and directed," and bestowing writer/director Gaston "kudos for going deep."
Gaston spent the next few years developing stage projects on both coasts with colleagues including Tony Award Winning Artist Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers and Hairspray), famed Broadway Producer Jed Bernstein and Tony/Emmy/Drama Desk Award Winning actress Kristin Chenoweth before returning to screenwriting in 2015, scripting a comedy adaptation of Mike Shropshire's novel THE PRO for Bumbershoot Productions.
She is also co-writing a female vigilante story THE EAGLE, as a TV drama series with actress cowriter Elisabeth Rohm. She has also completed the dramatic screenplay ALONE TOGETHER: THE LIFE OF TEDDY AND J. PAUL GETTY.