About Our Director

Award-winning independent filmmaker Elmer J. Howard is a Maine native. Changing the world one production at a time is his motto and how he chooses which films to bring to life. His first short, Loving Martin, is based on a true story of love, loss, and hope. His current short, Kings & Queens, is about a lesbian down on her luck who finds solace in a local drag community while searching to find her authentic self.   Elmer won 11 awards in 2019.

Entertaining has been his passion since he was a teenager making short films wowing and exciting family and friends.

Elmer got his baptism by fire into the entertainment world by landing his first job and first exposure by being a craft services assistant on the Disney film Flubber with Robin Williams, where he was also an extra in the film. After taking a 12-year detour, Elmer returned to filmmaking in 2010 when he got introduced to Phoenix’s independent filmmaking community, starting his production company Thrive Productions that year as well.

Elmer has a passion and a gift for telling stories through a visual medium and positively impacting his audience by getting them to think and challenging their beliefs while entertaining them, which fuels his passion.


2019 3 Southern Shorts Awards
2019 Olympus Film Festival Finalist
2019 Vegas Movie Awards Winner Best Producer
2019 Global Shorts Winner Best Director
2019 Best Shorts Competition Winner
2019 Directors Circle Festival of Shorts Official Selection
2019 Rome Independent Prisma Awards Official Selection
2020 Awesome Film Festival Winner Best LGBT Short
2020 Redwood Shorts & Scripts Winner Best LGBTQIA+ Short

Find his projects here.


Elmer J Howard wearing a maroon shirt and black vest leans against a brick wall while smiling at the camera

Elmer J Howard