"I grew up in Buffalo, a similar town to Columbus in many ways – the friendliness, openness, and small town feel along with the sophistication and diversity of a metropolis. My mom was a writer and my dad a professor/researcher and also a former professional jazz player, and they raised me and my four sisters to know that – whatever field or job we went into – we could aim to direct our paths in life with some creative control…even in the face of challenges, the unknown, and the complexity of what life really is… because that’s what being an artist is all about, day in, day out, facing the blank page and creating something from whole cloth. I am both a writer and a filmmaker, and I’ve learned to celebrate the good moments, and push forward through the not good, and I’m grateful to be able to do the work. In recent years, I’ve turned to making films with a goal to have a broader social impact, as film is such a powerful medium for engaging while also entertaining. For the last six years, making Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, I’ve seen the arts scene shift and grow. This blooming of the arts scene in Columbus is exciting, because its dynamism and growth reflect a city interested in discovery and a range of creative fronts; and, at the same time, the artists here carry within them a kind of camaraderie and community approach toward each other."
—Gabrielle Burton, filmmaker and writer