Director's Bio

Jen McGowan is a director based in Los Angeles.


Her most recent feature film, the survival thriller, RUST CREEK, was released in theaters January 2019 by IFC Midnight and hailed as “the feminist thriller Hollywood needs right now” by Harpers Bazaar.


She just finished directing her first episode of television, The Purge for Blumhouse.


McGowan's first feature KELLY & CAL (Juliette Lewis & Cybill Shepherd) premiered at SXSW where she won the Gamechanger Award. The film was released theatrically by IFC Films to rave reviews. She got her start with award-winning short films, CONFESSIONS OF A LATE BLOOMER and TOUCH, which played at over a hundred festivals worldwide winning the majority.


In partnership with Level Forward, she is the creator of Glass Elevator, an international skill-sharing, networking & jobs resource for professional women in film & television. With nearly 4,000 members, Glass Elevator was named Best in LA by LA Weekly, is part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative Resource and was featured in Forbes.


Co-created with her partner Eliza Lee, their tv series, Angelica, about the last remaining abortion clinic in a small American town is being produced by Shaun Reddick (GET OUT, BLACKkKLANSMAN) and Yvette Yates of Impossible Dream Entertainment.


ME YOU US, is the next feature she is set to direct.  A teen rom com update to HITCH it is being produced by John & Catherine Davis at Davis Entertainment.


Take the Lead Foundation identified McGowan one of 50 Women Who Will Change the World in Media & Entertainment and WeForShe selected her for the 2019 DirectHer program. A Film Independent Fellow, finalist for the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award, recipient of the AWD Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing she was named one of Vulture’s Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring.