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Local director, Michelle Mower, witness to film success with January 18 showing

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Houston-based filmmaker, Michelle Mower, who lives in Friendswood, never had a doubt she would have a career as a writer, producer and director. An exciting reminder will be seeing her movie, "The Preacher's Mistress," airing on Saturday, January 18th on Lifetime at 6 p.m. again before the “Flowers in the Attic” premiere.

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Mower, who is currently working on “Texas Heart,” an independent film, has a lot to be proud of with her accomplishments. She also is writing another movie for Lifetime as well.

Her first movie, “The Preacher’s Daughter" was Lifetime Movie Network’s highest rated movie for 2012. The entire movie was shot in Greater Houston area and garnered the attention of international film festivals in Tyrolean, St. Tropez and Madrid. At the Barcelona International Film Festivals, it received the Best Narrative and Grand Jury awards.

The second movie,“The Preacher’s Mistress,” aired in November 2013 on Lifetime and caught the attention of 18-49 age demographic market. There are plans for a third in the Preacher series for Mower.

Her active imagination began as a child when playing puppet shows with her younger sister. Growing up as a preacher’s daughter also helped with her story development. At Clear Creek High School, Mower was involved with film and then later at University of Houston.

The story lines for these movies are part of her creative process.

“The first film is about a preacher’s daughter who has been estranged from her family for four years, but has to return home to get her life straightened out. The story is fictional, but the characters are very realistic,” Mower explained. “I wanted to explore the realities of preacher's kids, who are constantly trying to figure out their own identities and belief system. I wanted to show this character's arc from innocence to independence, but not in the typical stereotypical way.”

Mower, the fourth of five sisters who grew up in League City, is a 2000 University of Houston graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film. Her 8 years of experience as program coordinator at Southwest Alternate Media Project, a nonprofit arts center in Houston, was a wonderful place for gaining experience while getting the word out about her movie aspirations.

As a mother to two teenage sons and wife to Lowell Mower, she has plenty of support to continue pursuing her passion.

“I know the odds are against you, and I stayed true to my passion. I thought I was living a pipe dream 13 years ago, but my family encouraged me. I stuck with film and pursued the creative side of me. It’s a really cool feeling,” Mower said.

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