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Overview (1)

Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gisselle Legere is a drama writer. Gisselle's earliest memories are of being woken up at the crack of dawn by the radio; her grandfather listening to Radio Mambi, the anti-communist propaganda that the US broadcasts towards Havana. Her family fled from Cuba as political refugees, and landed in Miami where her childhood was shaped by the intense narratives of survivors of oppression and persecution. Although she lost most of her hearing to a childhood vaccine, the memory of that early wake-up call and her family's history led to an interest in politics and human rights.

Growing up deaf in a hearing world gave Gisselle many opportunities to hone her observational skills, which helped her as she moved through various careers...as a ballerina, then as a judo competitor, and eventually, as a scientist. As a field epidemiologist, she spent a decade working in bio-defense and chasing disease outbreaks across the globe. This hands-on knowledge of medicine and research shapes the scientific speculation that set her stories apart.

After writing and producing a series of shorts, a web-series and feature, it finally dawned on her that bringing stories to life is where all her different interests come together, and she began to pursue writing professionally. She was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive in 2015, as well as being a three-time finalist for various 2016 Sundance labs, including the Sundance & Sloan Commission for Science in Films fellowship. In 2017, she began writing for Disney-ABC Television.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: D. Bellini

Personal Quotes (2)

I draw a lot of inspiration from my work as a scientist in the biodefense industry...mostly from the conflicts and questions I wrestled with late at night. As a result, I tend to write epic David vs. Goliath stories about imperfect characters struggling to find enough good within themselves to rise up and fight...not a single monster, but the tedious onslaught of bureaucracy, inertia and popular opinion.
It's a chance to test our work before our peers, to see where we stand in the film community, to be inspired and challenged by filmmakers right here in Florida.

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