2018 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist  

Ember Crowley is a 16 year old senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and is a phenomenal filmmaker. She has been an intern for both the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival for two years and worked at the Film Noir Film Festival a couple of years ago, which helped create a love for that particular film genre. In 2017, she directed and filmed a black and white film that has been chosen by five different countries to screen at their film festivals: Scotland, Belgium, India, Sweden and Italy as well as five U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Austin, Cameron, Colorado Springs and was most recently chosen to screen at Princeton University.

The Calcutta International Film Festival in India, which is rated within the top 100 best film festivals, awarded
her their “Best Young Filmmaker Under 18” award. This year, Northern Arizona University awarded her their Future Filmmaker Award at their own film festival where she was honored with a certificate and several items from Canon Film.

Recently, 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 at FALA.

In 2016 and 2017, she has had two different films selected to showcase to a sold out audience at The FilmBar in Phoenix, a theater which specializes in Independent Film.

During the summer of 2017, she completed her first documentary and is currentlyworking on two short films, one of which she plans to submit to the Sundance Film Festival for the summer 2018 submission date. The subject of her completed documentary, Daniel Stigmon, has recently invited Ember to partner with him in the creation of a new film production company to which she was very excited to accept and the two of them have already started creating ideas for upcoming projects.

Ember is eager to help raise the low percentage rate of successful women directors and plans to continue to advocate for women in film. She hopes to earn enough in grants and scholarships (she has been in the National Arts Honors Society for a year and a half and has maintained a 3.75 GPA) so that she can attend NAU next year. She is planning to go into a double major: Filmmaking (Media Arts) and Special Education.

Better that Average : A Film Ember wrote, directed and produced about “Average Joe”filmfreeway.com/1357223

“Hey John Oliver, Back Off My Charter School!” Film and contest and was a top fifty video and  She was awarded a $1,000 grant from them which went directly to the film department at FALA. youtube.com/watch?v=F2szjUSAmK0

Inner Thoughts: Filmfreeway.com/1332049

Lines and Edges: https://filmfreeway.com/1411705