Summera Howell - Seriesfest / Shondaland Submission

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Director Biography

Summera Howell is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and magna cum laude graduate of UCLA’s school of Theater, Film, and Television.

2015’s I WILL LOVE YOU, ALWAYS marked Summera’s directorial debut. Since 2015 she's directed the short films PERCHANCE (expressionist film inspired by Art Nouveau, surrealism, and the dance-theatre form Butoh), CHARLESE (a woman discovers her fiancé is also her half-brother), and AVOWED (caring for a vegetative-state patient challenges a young nun-to-be's faith), which have played at festivals nationwide.

In 2018, Summera created and spearheaded a #MeToo PSA made by an all-female crew of sexual harassment survivors, garnering over 750,000 views via multiple platforms including NowThis, The Huffington Post, and USA Today.

In 2021 her debut feature script BIG, STRONG, AND BRAVE placed as an Academy Nicholls Quarterfinalist, Austin Film Festival second rounder, and a Blacklist / Women in Film Feature Lab Semi-Finalist. In 2023, she is a current New York Stage and Film Alliance Film Fellow. Previously, she was a SmashCut CineLab Film Fellow for her film AVOWED and last year was in final consideration for Shondaland/ Seriesfest's mentoring program.

She has three features currently in development.

Select acting credits include FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY, MTV's TEEN WOLF, and Lena Waithe / Amazon's THEM.

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