Annie J. Howell is a screenwriter and director.
Her most recent credit is for YELLOW ROSE, starring Eva Noblezada (HADESTOWN), a film she wrote with director Diane Paragas. YELLOW ROSE is the recipient of five Grand Jury Prizes for Best Narrative Feature: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, CAAMFest San Francisco, Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, New York Asian American Film Festival and Urbanworld Film Festival, where it also won the Audience Award. The film was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide and will be released in 2020.
Her first feature, co-written and co-directed with Lisa Robinson, was SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS (starring Anna Margaret Hollyman), which premiered at SXSW in 2011 and went on to play over thirty festivals. The film received the Sloan Feature Film Prize, presented at the Hamptons, and the Audience Award at RiverRun, and went on to play in art house theaters across the nation to positive reviews from Variety, Huffington Post and NPR. Her second feature with Robinson, CLAIRE IN MOTION (starring Betsy Brandt), premiered at SXSW 2016 and sold to Breaking Glass Pictures. The film played theatrically in ten cities and is now available to stream. LITTLE BOXES, which she wrote (directed by Rob Meyer and starring Melanie Lynskey and the late Nelsan Ellis) also premiered in 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it sold to Netflix. That script is the recipient of an IFP Emerging Narrative Award for Best Feature and a San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant. The film premiered theatrically in April 2017.
Howell is an alumna of Whitman College, NYU’s Graduate Film program, the Screenwriters Colony and IFP’s Emerging Narrative. She teaches in the MFA in Film programs at City College, NYU and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has also been a member of the faculty at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Ohio University’s MFA in Film, where she was tenured, and at The New School, where she was the Founding Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies Program. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.