Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Gabriela Almeida

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: São Paulo, BRAZIL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Gabriela Amaral Almeida is a director, scriptwriter, and playwright. She earned her master’s degree in literature and horror cinema from UFBA in Brazil and then specialized in scriptwriting at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in Cuba. She also participated in Sundance Institute’s screenwriters lab, directors lab, and film music and sound design lab.

She wrote and directed the thriller film The Friendly Beast in 2016 then the following year, the horror drama The Father’s Shadow.

While at MacDowell, Almeida wrote a full 50-page treatment of her next feature film, She, Crocodile (Crocodila), a “horror fable” telling the story of a woman who slowly morphs into a vicious crocodile.


New Jersey

Gabriela Almeida worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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