Gene Pina

Gene Pina

Independent Filmmaker

Organization: Manola Films



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 national mortgage company, Movement Mortgage.



Warrior (2018)

Role: Director

A female Army veteran comes home from the war with her leg blown off and struggles to raise her three boys while dealing with the loss of her leg, PTSD and substance abuse.


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