Reggie Bythewood Biography
REGGIE ROCK BYTHEWOOD
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Reggie Rock Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, New York. He attended the High School of Performing Arts as a drama major and received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. After acting in a John Sayles film called, The Brother From Another Planet, he was inspired to write and direct. Bythewood formed a theater company called, The Tribe which produced plays written and directed by Bythewood.
Bythewood moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting and became one of the first members of Disney’s prestigious Writers Fellowship Program. From there, he was hired as a writer on the hit NBC comedy series, “A Different World” where he met his future wife, Gina Prince-Bythewood. He went on to write and produce Dick Wolf’s drama series “New York Undercover.” After attending the Million Man March, Bythewood wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee’s indie film, “Get On The Bus.” Bythewood was also one of the film’s investors.
Bythewood made his feature film directorial debut on the acclaimed indie flick, “Dancing in September.” It was acquired by HBO and became an HBO original movie. Bythewood has also written and directed “Biker Boyz,” the documentary, “Daddy’s Girl,” the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary, “One Night In Vegas” and “Gun Hill,” the two hour pilot for BET. He also co-wrote the Fox Searchlight film, “Notorious.”
He is currently producing a film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and he is writing an original screenplay for Screen Gems.
As former chairman of The B-Dads organization, Bythewood organized food drives for hundreds of homeless families and raised money for children with the sickle cell disease. He believes activism and art go hand in hand.
Bythewood resides in southern California with his wife, filmmaker, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and their two sons.