GAYVIN POWERS


Gayvin is three women in one: Writer, teacher and part-time super hero. She has been known to talk in her character’s voices, confusing her family as to which character they're speaking to at breakfast. She jumps out of a perfectly good planes, dances at all hours of the wee mornings and regularly visits the Fairy World. Located in an idealistic town where a train runs through it, she has been known to regularly get lost in her imagination, forget to eat while writing and talk with tiny fairies about the magical world where they dwell. Gayvin received a BA from University of Southern California in Gender Studies and a MFA from the American Film Institute in Screenwriting. She has been a part of a professional writer's group since 2007, co-ghost wrote a published novel, consulted and counseled writers, had scripts optioned, won awards, mentored graduate candidate writers and written stories since she was 10.

 

With a combined total of 12 years in front of the camera and in theater, Gayvin began her journey in writing out of sheer frustration due to the few options available for strong female leads and characters in film and TV.  

It was out of that dissatisfaction in acting parts that Gayvin started writing well-developed characters and stories for her and her acting friends. She first segued into film by working in the Marketing and Promotion department at  Paramount and later was a Reader for the Sundance Institute.

It was after the death of her mother that Gayvin began going deeper into loss and how writing can turn grief into a gift. It was these gifts and experience that lead her to write 1916, a short film set in the trenches of World War I in which an allied soldier must face his humanity when confronted with a dying enemy. For her writing on 1916, Gayvin won the Ojai Film Society Awardfrom Larry Hagman. It was the first time a writer won the award over a director and was unanimously voted the winner.
 
Since then, she has been actively writing scripts, novels, commercials, and poems, several of which have been published and optioned. It's Gayvin's goal to create stories that embody the human experience, bringing forth stories and characters that enlighten and entertain audiences.

Gayvin and Larry Hagman at the Ojai Film Society Award Ceremony. Larry has a special place in Gayvin's heart. When it was her turn to speak to the audience, she was so nervous that she asked him to hold her hand—you see (above) that he graciously obliged her.

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