Michael Howard (filmmaker)

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Michael Howard
Michael Lee Howard

(1978-02-18) February 18, 1978 (age 46)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, editor, screenwriter, and film producer
Years active1998–present
WebsiteOfficial site

Michael Howard (born Feb 18, 1978) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and founder of the film company Invisible Productions.


Howard's acting career began at a young age when he made an appearance on Snowball Satellite TV in Germany and acted in the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas play in middle school. He attended High School at Charles M. Russell High School and was in numerous choirs and did some acting as well. After High School, he was premed in college pursuing a degree in biology in Alaska and became an Emergency medical technician and worked in an emergency room. He landed a lead role in a local play and then after receiving an associate degree from the University of Alaska, Howard promptly quit medicine and started studying filmmaking and acting.[1] In 1998, he read and reviewed scripts for American Zoetrope while writing his first screenplay, Reality of Life.[2] Howard then got his Bachelors degree in Recording Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and created his own indie film company by the name of Invisible Productions. His company has produced short films, documentaries, and features.


While studying medicine in Alaska, Howard landed a starring role in Jugger's Rain and Tony n' Tina's Wedding which eventually led into his film career. While making films, Howard continued acting in the theatre at times with Theatreworks in Colorado in roles for To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear.

One of Howard's early short films entitled Lost garnered him awards for Best Actor at the 2004 Biarritz International Short Film Festival[3] and Best Screenplay at the 2004 Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona.[4] He was also nominated for Best Actor and Best Film at the New York Short Film Festival and Best Performance at the San Francisco Short Film Festival.

His first feature film was that of his first screenplay, Reality of Life. Howard also directed it and took on a supporting actor role and the film went on to play in Los Angeles and New York.[5]

Michael Howard and Oscar Nunez at the 2011 Vail Film Festival

In 2007, Howard was brought onto the Vail Film Festival by Sean Cross and Scott Cross to be the official videographer for the festival and to shoot and edit the festival including promotions, award ceremonies, parties, screenings, red carpet, and interviews. Howard handles the still photography and videography throughout the festival. This also led to editing commercials for Comcast cable including promotions for companies including Cadillac, Stella Artois, and Audi. He continues in the position presently.[6]

Howard created a commercial for Canon that advertised the XL-1. A parody on drug addiction, the commercial showed a camera being borrowed for a short time from a dealer in an alley and as soon as a customer starts running around using it, it is stolen by another camera junkie.[7] In 2008, Howard was invited into the worldwide photography project called The Head Project. Photographers received a mannequin head in the mail to use for two weeks and then sent it to a photographer in a different country.[8] Howard was one of the few chosen from the United States and the only artist from the state of North Carolina.

Due to his success with the Vail Film Festival, Howard was brought onto the Los Cabos International Film Festival as the official videographer for their inaugural edition. It launched in Los Cabos from 14 to 17 November 2012 with Edward Norton as the official festival adviser.[9]

Howard co-directed the 2012 Hint Fiction Film Contest with actor/host Bill LeVasseur,[10] based on the published collection of short stories also entitled Hint Fiction. The contest finalists screened at the Vail Film Festival and Howard and LeVasseur spoke about the contest and filmmaking in the short form afterward.[11] The contest gave aspiring filmmakers a chance to work with stories written by Ernest Hemingway, Édith Piaf, or Eric Hsu[12] in creating their 60-second film. Howard brought on writer/filmmaker Kevin Smith and filmmaker/photographer Tao Ruspoli to be celebrity judges for the contest.[13]

Howard wrote and directed his second feature film entitled Where We're Meant to Be[14] and it stars Blayne Weaver (Manic, Return to Never Land), Tate Hanyok (The Mentalist, Shameless), and Sarah Bousquet. The film travels in and out of the lives of a number of different characters as each one connects to the next during their most pivotal moments. It began its festival run in 2016[15] and was picked up for distribution by Turn Key Films in 2017.[16] During its festival run, the film won multiple Best Film awards as well as awards for Best Screenplay, Audience Award, and various awards for its castmembers.[17] The film also garnered additional nominations for Best Film and a variety of acting roles. The score was written by Steven Grove and the soundtrack [18] consists of songs from Greg Laswell, Cary Brothers, Jack the Radio, Day at the Fair, Buddy (band), Tom Rosenthal (musician), Butterfly Boucher, and other indie artists from around the world.[19] It was released in the United States and the United Kingdom via Flix Premiere in July 2017.[20] Reviews consisted of lines such as "A thoughtful, beautiful film full of love and emotion…it might just change how you see the world.",[21] "...bravely written script with heartfelt dialogue as well as compelling character development.",[22] “An inventive and exciting approach to storytelling.”,[23] and "Where We're Meant to Be is an indie gem.".[24]


Film credits
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Chronic Jaywalking Actor
2001 Nemesis Rising: The Airband Director, Actor Winner: Best Comedy - Blissfest
Winner: Best Narrative Short - Denver Underground Film Festival
2001 Pushed Director, Actor Nominated: Judge's Pick - Panhandle Picture Show
2001 Suicide Run Script Supervisor
2002 Reality of Life Director, Writer, Actor
2002 Simon Actor
2002 Beccerra Director of Photography
2003 Lost Director, Writer, Actor Winner: Best Actor - Festival de Biarritz
Winner: Best Screenplay - Barcelona Cinema Festival
Nominated: Best Film - New York Short Film Festival
Nominated: Best Actor - New York Short Film Festival
Nominated: Best Actor - San Francisco Short Film Festival
2011 Let Tyrants Fear Actor[25]
2012 The Flower Cinematographer (Co)[26]
2012 Baby Shoes Director, Screenwriter Winner: Best Film - Denver Underground Film Festival
Winner: Best Editing - Denver Underground Film Festival
Honorable Mention: Best Short Film - WV Mountaineer Film Fest
2013 The Agent Actor
2013 Box Brown Actor
2014 The Session Actor
2014 Split Second Writer
2015 Beyond the Blue (docu.) Self
2015 Halcyon Assistant Editor
2016 Where We're Meant To Be Director, Writer, Actor Winner: Best Film - filmSPARK Film Festival
Winner: Best Film - Eastern NC Film Festival
Winner: Best Feature Film - Raleigh Film Festival
Winner: Audience Award - Los Angeles CineFest
Winner: Best Screenplay - Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Winner: President's Award - North Carolina Film Awards
Winner: Audience Award - Eastern NC Film Festival
Winner: Best Supp. Actor (Seth Gore) - Eastern NC Film Festival
Winner: Best Supp. Actress (Anna Nalepka) - Asheville Film Festival
Winner: Best of Fest & Best Dramatic Trailer - Skyphire Film Festival
Nominated: Best Film - Los Angeles CineFest
Nominated: Best Film - Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Nominated: Best Film - Asheville Film Festival
Nominated: Best Film - Garden City Int’l Film Festival
Nominated: Best Supp. Actor (Jack Harrison) - Asheville Film Festival
Nominated: Best Actress (Tracey Coppedge) - Eastern NC Film Festival
Nominated: Best Supp. Actor (Blayne Weaver) - Eastern NC Film Festival
Nominated: Best Supp. Actress (Anna Nalepka) - Eastern NC Film Festival
2017 Vigilance Actor
2017 The Believers Actor
2019 Poppy and Margot Actor
2019 In Limbo Actor
2019 Going Down Slow Actor
2020 Epiphany Road Actor
2021 Bind Writer Winner: Best Writing, Runner-up - Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project
2021 Mallory (docu.) Editing Supervisor
2022 History's Heroes: The Rusty Bucket Kids Actor
Television credits
Year Show Role Notes
2009 Backyard Genius Editor Episode 1.2, "Marlin Condo"[27]
2012-2013 Revolution Actor Episode 1.4: "The Plague Dogs"[28]
Episode 1.17: "The Longest Day"[29]
Episode 1.18: "Clue"[30]
2013 American Detours Cinematographer/Editor Episode 1.5 and 1.6: West Virginia [31]
Special Edition: New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy (1.7 and 1.8) [32]
Episode 2.1 and 2.2: Lake Tahoe
Episode 2.3 and 2.4: Iowa
Episode 2.5 and 2.6: Texas (Editor only)
2015 The Setlist Camera Operator [33]
2019-2020 The Disappearance of Robert Bee Writer/Editor [34][35] Season 1, Episodes 1-10
2020 The Ericka James Show Cinematographer [36]
2022 The Shepherd Actor In production


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  2. ^ "The Reality of Michael Howard". Film 411.
  3. ^ "Festival results". Biarritz International Short Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Festival results". Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "IFQ highlights" by Independent Film Quarterly (USA), May 2003, Vol. 1, Iss. 4, pg. 44. Print.
  6. ^ "Staff Overview". Vail Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "Beccerra-About the Cinematographer". Hyperion Animation. August 5, 2009.
  8. ^ "Contributors". theheadproject.com. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "First Annual Baja International Film Festal" (Press release).
  10. ^ "Contest Team". The Hint Fiction Land. November 26, 2011.
  11. ^ "Hint Fiction screens". festivalgenius.
  12. ^ "Hint Fiction Contest Seeks One Minute Films". mediabistro.com.
  13. ^ "Hint Fiction-25 words, 1 minute". Dogz Plot News. December 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "Poster". Facebook.
  15. ^ "12 Questions with a Local Filmmaker". Triangle Film Community.
  16. ^ "Turn Key Films". Turn Key Films. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  17. ^ Where We're Meant to Be, retrieved August 20, 2017
  18. ^ "WWMTB Soundtrack".
  19. ^ Where We're Meant to Be (2016), retrieved August 20, 2017
  20. ^ Where We're Meant to Be, retrieved August 20, 2017
  21. ^ "Reel Honest Reviews » Blog Archive » "Where We're Meant To Be" A True Example of an Indie Film by Pamela Powell". www.reelhonestreviews.com. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  22. ^ "Film Review – Where We're Meant To Be". Indie Spotlight Network. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  23. ^ "Life's Small Moments in Where We're Meant To Be". Flix Premiere Close-Up.
  24. ^ "The Independent Critic - "Where We're Meant to Be" Winning Awards on Festival Circuit". theindependentcritic.com. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  25. ^ "Cast". lettyrantsfear.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012.
  26. ^ "The Flower". FirstPost.
  27. ^ "Episodes". Backyard Genius. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011.
  28. ^ "Revolution: The Plague Dogs". ShareTV.
  29. ^ "Revolution: The Longest Day". ShareTV.
  30. ^ "Revolution: Clue". ShareTV.
  31. ^ "American Detours". ACI. May 15, 2023.
  32. ^ "Superstorm Sandy". ACI. May 15, 2023.
  33. ^ "The Setlist". YouTube.
  34. ^ "Ashes to Ash". IMDb.
  35. ^ "Videos". YouTube.
  36. ^ "The Ericka James Show".

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