Gabrielle Demeestère

Department of Film and Media Arts

Assistant Teaching Professor, Film

Gabrielle Demeestere

102 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244-1210

Gabrielle Demeestère is an assistant teaching professor of film. She teaches classes that include screenwriting and directing.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Demeestère taught screenwriting in the M.F.A. in playwriting program at Rutgers University from 2018-21. Prior to Rutgers, she taught directing in the M.F.A. in film program at Columbia University in 2018. She has also taught screenwriting at Tufts University and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Born and raised in Paris, Demeestère wrote and directed the feature film "Yosemite" starring James Franco and Henry Hopper, which Variety called “an impressive debut” and was released theatrically in 2016. She also wrote and directed a segment of the feature film "The Color of Time," based on the poetry of C.K. Williams, starring Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis. Her short film "The Last Cigarette" won the 2010 Reel 13 Competition and was broadcast on PBS. She is currently in development on "Putain!," a half-hour comedy series with Sarah Jessica Parker’s company Pretty Matches, and writing her second feature film "Terra."


  • M.F.A., New York University
  • B.A., Yale University