Gina Leibrecht has been working in film since she received her B.A. in Telecommunications and Film from the University of Oregon in 1990. She currently works and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, working on documentary, commercial, and corporate projects for domestic and international audiences.
In 1998 she began collaborating with Les Blank on All In This Tea (2007), which she co-produced, co-directed, and edited, and which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, screened in over 40 festivals world wide, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. She also completed a collaboration with Les Blank called How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy (2014), which had its North American debut at the Telluride Film Festival and has gone on to screen in film festivals around the world.
Most recently, Gina co-directed and edited the feature documentary Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly (2019), about the world-renown artist’s exhibition on Alcatraz Island that featured portraits of prisoners of conscience from around the world. She edited Wilder Than Wild (2017), which won Best Bay Area Environmental Documentary at the San Francisco Green Festival; and Serenade for Haiti (2015), which had its World Premiere at DOC NYC. Gina also edited Frank Green’s Counting Sheep, which aired on KQED’s Truly California series and won a Northern California Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2006; Karina Epperlein’s Phoenix Dance, which won San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary Short in 2006, and made the short list of Academy Award Nominations for Best Short Subject Documentary in 2006; Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown, which was nominated for a Northern California Emmy for Best Documentary in 2006; and Kevin White’s A Land Between Rivers for PBS, which won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in Film and Television in 2007.
Gina has worked with several Bay Area production companies, editing for corporate and non-profit clients including Intel, Symantec, Sybase, Ebay, Guthy-Renker, Stanford University, the California Water Board, ChildFund International, and many others.