S.J. Main, Ph.D.

Moviemaker & Film Scholar

Summer-Joy "SJ" Main is a film director and writer based in Los Angeles.

Dr. Main is Costa Rican American and was raised in Cambria, California. She studied acting and directing for the theatre at the School of TFT at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before moving behind the camera to receive an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program of New York. For the past eighteen years, Main has worked with moviemakers and production companies in both New York and Los Angeles. In addition to her work in cinema production, Dr. Main recently completed a dissertation for the European Graduate School (EGS) presenting philosophy for cinema production and the role of the American Movie Producer of narrative commercial cinema.