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Jen McGowan grew up in Fairfax, VA and in 1997 received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained as an actor at the Atlantic Theater Company.

After graduating, Jen decided to make the move from acting to directing. While she wrote her first film to direct, Jen also gained valuable experience in production working with some of New York’s top producers at companies such as RSA/Black Dog, A Band Apart, Killer Films, and Propaganda. She also was fortunate to work on many independent feature films including Boys Don’t Cry.

In 2001 Jen was finally able to make her directorial debut with her short film, She Never. Shortly thereafter she was given the opportunity to direct a promotion film for the National AIDS Marathon on location in San Francisco, a project she is very proud of.

In 2002 Jen gained a place to study film in the master’s program at the University of Southern California. While making her various short films at USC she was privileged to have been twice elected by her peers to the board of the USC graduate student group, The Entertainment Industry Network, which works to increase interaction between the students and the industry. She also enjoyed working for a semester in script development at Red Wagon Entertainment.

2004 has been an especially exciting year for Jen. Earlier in the year, she directed her first music video, Chelsea Hotel, for artist Karen Ramos, and in July was honored with the 2004 Women in Film Award.

Jen is currently completing post-production on her latest short film, Confessions of a Late Bloomer. Jen plans to graduate in Spring 2005 and is eagerly developing her first feature, which she aims to direct within the next year.

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