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Career Change

A film by Gene Pina


A famous writer/director gets his laptop stolen at a local coffee shop that happens to hold the only copy of his latest screenplay.  He turns to nefarious means to get it back, while the thief decides to turn his screenplay into a movie.


We plan on going into production this summer with the goal of attracting actors with name recognition to our project with a larger than usual short film budget.   When the film is complete, we will submit to film festivals in the hopes of turning this short film into a feature.  When you donate to this project, your donation is 100% tax deductible.


Gene Pina is an Iraq War combat veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in all of 2003.  Gene studied film at Columbia University and NYU and comes from a background in editing with a BA in Music Production and Technology from The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. He was a Video Editor/Associate Producer at ESPN for 7 years, where he worked on multiple ESPN/ESPN.COM shows and highlights.

He has worked on numerous student short films and directed his own short documentary, Mediacare, which had its premiere at the Rhode Island Film Festival!. Gene has also written a number of screenplays that have placed in various screenwriting competitions such as Slamdance, The Nicholl Fellowship and Scriptapalooza. While attending Columbia University, he interned at Pressman Film (Wall Street, American Psycho, The Crow) as a development assistant where he read scripts for the Producer Ed Pressman and wrote script coverage.  When he finished school he came home to Rhode Island and worked for Producer John Santilli, CEO of Aloris Entertainment as a reader and development assistant.  Most recently, Mr Santilli produced Bill & Ted 3 and the Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr. fight.

And finally Gene had a successful film festival run with his short film Warrior.  The film played at numerous festivals around the country including two Academy Qualifiers, LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island Film Festival, the latter winning him the 2018 Grand Prize New England Director’s Award.  Currently, he is producing corporate videos for a national mortgage company.


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Associated Members

Gene Pina, Independent Filmmaker


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture