Annie J. Howell is a screenwriter and director.

Her most recent credit is for the film YELLOW ROSE, starring Tony-nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), which she wrote with director Diane Paragas. That film is the recipient of eight Grand Jury Prizes for Best Narrative Feature. The Hollywood Reporter called the film heartfelt, provocative, and “affecting on almost every level,” while Character Media called it “the immigration film of our times.” YELLOW ROSE is distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Worldwide.

Howell also wrote the screenplay for LITTLE BOXES, starring Melanie Lynskey and the late Nelsan Ellis, which premiered at Tribeca 2016 and sold to Netflix. She has co-written and co-directed two features with Lisa Robinson: SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS (2012, starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Susan Kelechi Watson, and André Holland) and CLAIRE IN MOTION (2017, starring Betsy Brandt, Zev Haworth, and Sakina Jaffrey). Each film premiered at SXSW and played festivals and select theaters.

Howell is interested in character-driven stories that explore family and identity, and also in stories that stretch, contort, and challenge classical narrative structure. She has taught at Duke University, The New School, Ohio University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The City College of New York. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. »


BA - English | Whitman College

MFA - Film | NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Selected work

Daphne McWilliams

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Brooke Berman

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Marya Cohn

Faculty Chair, MFA in Film

Damon Davis

Faculty, MFA in Film

Emilie Upczak

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film