1/27 PICTURES is an Emmy nominated LA-based production company that specializes in character-driven documentaries for film and television. We are dedicated to making entertaining, provocative films that touch lives by tackling serious issues through a playful lens in order to create social justice and change.
Katelyn Howes is an LA based award-winning writer and producer. An Atlanta native and alum of NYU, she co-founded the production company 1/27 pictures with Melissa Johnson. Katelyn’s projects have been recognized by BAFTA, the DGA, the WGA, Sundance, and the Austin Film Festival. Some of her other documentary work includes Peter Jackson’s WEST OF MEMPHIS for Sony Pictures Classics, Alex Gibney’s JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE for PBS’ American Masters, Vesuvio Entertainment’s AN OPEN SECRET, Imagine Entertainment’s PROPHET’S PREY for Showtime, and Eva Longoria’s QUEEN VEE for ESPN.
Katelyn strives to tell stories that fight injustices, combat uninformed bias, and upend the status quo. She is represented by Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
Melissa Johnson is an Academy Award shortlisted director and writer living in Venice, California. She created 1/27 Pictures with Katelyn Howes and has directed numerous award-winning documentaries with a focus on identity and rites of passage stories. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, and GOOD Magazine, including the inspiration for her autobiographical animated film, LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS, which won at the Tribeca Film Festival and went gone on to be shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Awards. Her films for ESPN include QUEEN VEE, Executive Produced by Eva Longoria and BRITTNEY GRINER: LIFESIZE, which was the second most watched short film in network history when launched. NO LOOK PASS is Melissa’s feature documentary for Showtime which won numerous awards at festivals worldwide and was selected for the American Film Showcase. Melissa also co-created an original web series called THE WORST SPEECHES OF ALL TIME that premiered on ComedyCentral.com and has garnered over a million views to date. She has also created short films for clients including: BBC America, Green Throttle, eHarmony, Brit + Co and Patagonia.
Melissa thinks the only way to discover what you truly believe is from a well-phrased question.