As a filmmaker, Michelle Mower does it all. She writes, co-produces and directs, working 16 hour days for weeks while in production. That's on top of running a household as a wife and mother to two teenage sons.
"I'm pretty much just a regular Houston mom, otherwise, when I'm not making movies," Mower said.
Those movies recently landed on Lifetime. Her first film, "The Preacher's Daughter," started with a big idea, and very small, self-financed budget. Mower said it became the Lifetime Movie Network's highest rated film for 2012.
But the script eventually caught the eye of a well-known actress.
"(I) ended up casting a young, very talented actress named Andrea Bowen, who happened to be one of the stars of Desperate Housewives," she said.
Her success resulted in an offer to produce a second movie called, "The Preacher's Mistress."
"The Preacher's Daughter was shot entirely in the Houston area," Mower said. "We shot in Alvin, League City, even in Richmond. So we utilized smaller cities around Houston to give us that small town feel. With this latest feature film it was all urban. The characters in our film, they share their first kiss in front of the water wall. Who hasn't done that?"
Mower's success is a good thing for the local film industry. She hires here. She shoots here, and she doesn't plan to change.
"Honestly this is where I live," she said. "This is where my family is. This is where I want to make movies."