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Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough

Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough has written several award-winning feature and short film screenplays. Her script, LAST DAYS OF THE CATERPILLAR, placed in the top 1% (32 out of 3,200 submissions) in the BlueCat Screenwriting contest in 2009.

She tackles social and political issues in her scripts, which are loosely based on her experiences as an entrepreneur, president of a management consulting firm (that has served 200 clients in 25 states and in 6 foreign countries), a soccer mom, and her international travels to more than 30 countries. Her first short film, A PIG’S EAR, has screened at more than 15 short film festivals in 2008-09. Her second short film, SLAP, had its world premier in Palm Springs in June 2009, is already accepted into 10 festivals, and has won the Audience Award and Festival Directors’ Award. She is in post-production on her third short film, HELOISE, which also has a feature script to accompany it.

Gayla has a BS degree, Northwestern University, School of Communication; a Masters degree, Tufts University; Ph.D. and Masters degrees, University of Virginia (UVa); and a post-doctorate fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program, Princeton, NJ. She has completed the two-year Peer Program at Writers’ Bootcamp and many screenwriting courses through UCLA Extension. She served on the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (NUEA) Board, is on the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)-Los Angeles Board, is a Women in Film (WIF) member, is an Advisory Council member for Earth Protect, and is a member of UVa’s Writers’ Group.

Short film credits

Producer, Screenwriter
Image from Slap


United States | Jun 2009 | 7:05
In a garage somewhere in America, two regular guys take a break to discuss world events – and it becomes apparent that they will never see eye to eye....
Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Image from A Pig's Ear

A Pig's Ear

United States | May 2008 | 9:55
Set in 1970’s Appalachia, a stubborn, elderly woman and her oppressed son treat two public health nurses to an unusual form of Southern hospitality.
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Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 29 Oct 2010