A Chicago newspaper reporter (Observer) once wrote that if you place Abiiba Howell in a bag, shake it up and turn it upside down, she would still come out standing on both feet. From a path that includes marathon running, modeling, motherhood, stock car racing and martial arts to makeup artist and motion picture industry veteran, Abiiba has always charted her own course.
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The native Chicago filmmaker was the publicist for Mr. T until he was discovered for ROCKY III. At the time, she had a developmental child care service, was a full time night student at Northwestern University and also owned a limousine service,. Her first limo booking was the Rolling Stones and O’Jay’s Chicago tour stop. Abiiba’s career was launched years later as a film and television Makeup Artist before her rise to writer, producer and director, working on Chicago, Texas and Hollywood film and television projects.
After launching Dominion Films in 1997, a company specializing in the production of independent movies, TV programming, documentaries and music videos, Abiiba soon began to develop and produce her own projects, collecting accolades along the way.
Abiiba’s work as producer and production manager includes movies, music projects, commercials, television talk shows, documentaries, independent movies and interactive multimedia content for the internet. She writes and publishes articles on her own namesake media blog. As Senior Producer for Dominion Films, Abiiba wrote, produced and directed her own: Aging With Grace; Total Control (screened at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston); Fantasy in Pink (Finalist, Gulf Coast Film Festival) and The Accident (based on the James Garcia’s award-winning story of the same name), in addition to seven other screenplays and two television series. She was the Production Supervisor for several projects, including: VISA: China to Houston with Yao Ming; Learning About for the Family Channel, George Foreman’s Knockout Household Cleaning infomercials and numerous other projects.
Charles Washington, Artist
Abiiba’s television series’ include: Getting the Edge, The Do-It-Yourself Car Show and The Independent Movie Show. Her profile of the formerly homeless, now respected environmental artist, Charles Washington, has garnered awards and recognition, including at the Gulf Coast Film Festival in 2011.
Abiiba was the Texas Assistant Production Coordinator for HBO and Billy Bob Thornton’s film Don’t Look Back; Production Coordinator for London Weekend Television‘s, The Jogger; and Production Coordinator for House on Todville Road (before moving over as Key Makeup/FX). She was the Production Manager for The Dark Dancer (Third Coast Entertainment/Showtime), Material Witness; Holyfield: Showdown at the Garden (Showtime Networks); Pirate Island of Jean Laffite (playing continuously in Galveston, TX since 1997); Prithvi (India) and for numerous other movies, music videos and commercials.
Abiiba’s *award-winning makeup work may be seen on numerous projects including: Love Land, A Little Christmas Business, Return to Vengeance, Burned Soul, Somebody Up There Likes Me, *The Trap, *It’s About Life on Earth (NASA), Space Troopers, Destitution, *The Big Picture Review With Fiskel and Hebert, The Man Who Came Back, (Carol Alt, Sean Young, George Kennedy and Jennifer O’Dell), MindSight, Suddenly Unexpected, Arlington Road, Hope, Children of the Corn: The Gathering (Karen Black, Naomi Watts, Samaria Graham), House on Todville Road, Rough Riders, Two for Texas, The Chase, *Hurricane in a Double-Wide, Space Marines, America’s Dream, Hidden Obsession, The Independent Jury (trailer) and countless other features and short films, as well as over sixty music videos and nearly one hundred commercials. (See: IMDB listing)
Abiiba has worked directly with talent including: Danny Glover, Meg Foster, Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Aerosmith, Public Enemy, George Kennedy, Montel Williams, Marilyn Manson, Evander Holyfield, Jerry Springer, Daniel Baldwin, Carlos Ponce, Lorenzo Lamas, Terrence Howard, George Foreman, Tammy Barr, Lee Norris, Lorraine Toussaint, Lyle Lovett, Andy Dick, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Easterbrook and a host of others.
Under her Casting Director hat, Abiiba cast more than 450 people for TIN CUP; cast Houston’s 2012 Olympic Bid commercial; was the Texas Casting Director for HBO’s Breast Men; The Casting Director for William Katt’s The Clean and Narrow; Casting Director (also Production Manager) for Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, among many other movies, commercials and music videos.
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She has been an invited guest speaker at: University of Houston, Houston Independent School District, Hightower High School, Houston Community College Filmmakers Academy, Lee College, Aldine Independent School District, Scriptwriters/Houston, Texas Southern University and others. She has appeared as herself on Candid Camera and was a featured guest on the Debra Duncan Show with Shelly Duvall and Loretta Devine, in addition to hosting episodes of The Independent Movie Show.
A voting member of the (Independent) Spirit Awards and a Blue Ribbon Judge for the 2010 through 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards and the 2012 and 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Abiiba has held longtime memberships in various industry organizations and associations while remaining active in two IATSE local unions and making time to volunteer with her pet charities. In 2011, Abiiba took on the challenge of helping to bring attention to the plight of homeless people by writing and publishing, online, an extensive research article on the subject as the focus of her Masters degree in Journalism.
In 2002 Abiiba founded Film Expo Texas, an annual event designed to raise production standards and make the industry and its resources more accessible to everyone. She continues to help open doors for industry newcomers through pet projects and workshops, some of which she has taught since 1991.
Abiiba wrote and developed the curriculum for the American Motion Picture Institute, an online school to help amateur filmmakers add professional processes and techniques to their productions before publishing them to global audiences. Several of her Getting Into the Movies workshops have been offered through this video school.
She is an alum of Roosevelt University, Northwestern University and Full Sail University.
These days, Abiiba has been creating art with her mobile studio, Re-Think Art, she continues to teach her workshops to help people break into the motion picture industry and is developing a movie and television series for production, while taking time aside for family and friends.