Experiencing Interruptions?


Seams is a personal essay film that explores the emotional landscape of the filmmaker and her filmmaking process.

  • Ember Lou Crowley
  • Ember Lou Crowley
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Northern Arizona University
Director Biography - Ember Lou Crowley

Ember Crowley is 22 years old, has earned her MA in Documentary Film Studies from Northern Arizona University. While in school, she has earned several scholarships, including a scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Bill Close Broadcasting Memorial Scholarship as well as the Janet Schnorr Memorial Scholarship from the Women and Genders studies department. She has spoken at several film festivals in Ireland, France and the U.S. about her experiences as a female director and was invited to share on a local podcast, The Theater Basement.

Ember applied to a director’s workshop that was offered by the Sundance Film Institute where she was required to submit a film treatment, letters of intent and biographical information as well as a resume. Not only was she selected to participate, they also awarded her a scholarship to help cover the fees for the workshop. Since then, she’s worked at the Sundance Film Festival as a volunteer.

Ember was given the opportunity to work as Sound Tech and 2nd Assistant Camera on a film out of Los Angeles called “Devotee”, directed by Sharmila Ray. It gave her the chance to work with new equipment and a crew of film industry professionals where she gained priceless experience as a growing filmmaker. To date, she has been hired to work on several professional film sets including working on a reality TV show as well as several 1st assistant director positions on PSA assignments with prominent companies. She also freelances as a filmmaker.

Her film bio from the time she was 15 years old is already impressive where she has won many awards and official selections in festivals throughout several countries, including Scotland, Ireland, England, Singapore, China, Bhutan, Belgium, India, Sweden, France and Italy as well as several U.S. cities and colleges such as, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Cameron, Banning, Colorado Springs, Jim Thorpe (PA), Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Phoenix and her beloved Flagstaff. Over the years she has been asked to speak in several different countries about her experiences as a female director.

One of her proudest moments was earlier this year when another one of her films was being screened at The FilmBar in Phoenix, Arizona, a theater that specializes in independent film. The coordinator of the film series informed Ember that whenever one of her films has been chosen to appear on their line-up, people will travel from out of town to watch “an Ember film”. She is already developing a style which is so important with any form of art.

Another proud moment for Ember included the screening of her experimental film at The Arizona Women’s Film Festival. This is the same film that won first place at the Nanjing University of Arts in China. Ember has regularly expressed her frustration with the low percentage of female directors that are still underrepresented, so to have her film screened at The Arizona Women’s Film Festival was an extraordinary honor. She now works as a board member with AWFF and is an executive assistant with the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, who she’s worked with since she was 15 years years old.

Since her first year in college, Ember has worked as an intern for Paul Helford. helping facilitate film workshops . The BREDA workshop teaches students from Breda University of Applied Sciences (located in the Netherlands) how to create their own live broadcast, from coming up with an idea for production through fleshing it out and conducting live interviews with subjects on the day of screening. She also works as pre-production assistant for the Andy Harvey Indigenous Youth Media Workshop, which is also held by Paul Helford. This workshop brings 25 Native American high school students from all over Arizona and the Southwest to NAU every summer to learn about broadcasting and journalism.

Ember has been with UTV at NAU since freshman year where she has worked as a manager and now director. She spent nearly a year working as an animator on an extraordinary stop motion film called, “Hiraeth”. During her relatively few years of filmmaking, she was given the opportunity to write and direct several short narrative films, direct a thriller, "Skin Deep", and wrote and directed Several short documentaries, "Heart's Manifesto", “To Be A Modern Witch”, “Fade To Blue” and “Seams” which is a self essay film that reveals the vulnerability she experiences as a filmmaker. Most of these films have received numerous awards as well as screenings worldwide.

Ember has been nominated for several film awards, including The Jean Luc Godard Award and for Emerging Artist from the Viola Awards and has won numerous awards for best student director, best female filmmaker, best cinematography (student), best film and best thriller short.

Ember completed a short film for Northland Family Help Center that was themed around the Clothesline Project which brings awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. In 2016, Ember made a film that showcased her school which advocated the value of charter school education and submitted it to The Center For Education Reform. She was awarded a $1,000 grant from them which went directly to the film department.

Ember is eager to help raise the low percentage rate of successful women directors and plans to continue to advocate for women in film.

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