Summer-Joy “SJ” Main Muñoz is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose films have screened in over 200 festivals worldwide. She has been selected for numerous competitive film labs and fellowships, including NBC Universal's Female Forward, Ryan Murphy's Half Initiative, WeForShe's DirectHer, and talent development programs of IFP, WGAW, NALIP, Women In Film, and Film Independent. SJ received her BA from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television in Directing & Acting, where she was the recipient of the James Bridges Excellence Award for Acting. 

awards & distinctions

"SJ Main's Luck of the Draw is a finely calibrated short..."

"A wry look at the notion of what it takes to win a woman's heart."

- John Wildman

Host, NPR's The Daily Buzz


- Francesca Orsi

EVP, HBO Programming

"She brought her A+ game and we all won!"

                     - Rebecca McGill

SVP, NBC Programming

"If you want the job done right, hire SJ."


- Michael Pressman

Executive Producer / Director

"[La Cerca is] a very elegant film. "


- *MOVIEBUFF, iTunes​



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