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2014 Filmmaker of the Year - Michelle Mower

Michelle Mower received her B.A. degree in Radio/Television from the University in Houston in 2000. After graduation, Michelle was hired by the Houston NBC affiliate as Associate Producer for the morning news program. In 2003, Michelle went to work for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a non-profit media arts organization based in Houston. Her primary function as Program Coordinator was to organize SWAMP’s professional development workshops, youth after-school programs, independent film screenings, monthly networking mixers and special film-related events. Through her work with SWAMP, Michelle started “Lights! Camera! Action! Summer Moviemaking Camp” for teens and the annual Business of Film Conference, which takes place annually at Rice University.

Michelle has written, directed and produced a number of short films, as well as three feature films. Her debut feature “The Preacher’s Daughter,” starring Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) premiered on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) on August 31, 2012. The premiere garnered the highest ratings of any movie on LMN for all of 2012. After the success of her film on Lifetime, Michelle was given the opportunity to write, co-produce and direct a second tv movie for the network titled “The Preacher’s Mistress.” The film, which stars Sarah Lancaster and Natalia Cigliuti, premiered on The Lifetime Channel in November, 2013. She is currently writing another project for Lifetime.

Michelle is heavily involved in the film community in Texas. She previously served on the boards of Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA) and Women In Film and Television (WiFT). She currently sits on the boards for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and Houston Community College’s Department of Film and Audio Production.

Michelle resides in the sleepy suburb of Friendswood, Texas with her husband Lowell and two teenage sons, Ian and James, who share her passion for travel and scuba diving. They have no interest in making movies and find the whole process “boring,” but are otherwise very supportive.

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