One of the stars of the Hallmark series Signed, Sealed, Delivered, will soon be taking a turn behind the camera. Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe will direct the Hallmark movie Dream Moms, becoming the first woman to take part in the network’s new Make Her Mark Women’s Directing Program.
“The cat is officially out of the bag,” Lowe wrote in an Instagram post. “I’ve been learning SO much these last few weeks. So grateful to be in the @hallmarkchannel family. And for guidance from @jessicanoelleharmon and to @ashleywilliamsandcompany for being such a champion of women and creating the program.”
Making her mark
The Make her Mark program is the initiative of actress and filmmaker Ashley Williams. The actress, who has starred in the Hallmark movies Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater, Christmas in Evergreen, and Two Tickets to Paradise recently directed the Paramount Network movie A Nashville Country Christmas.
“As a female filmmaker, I know all too well the feeling of being told, ‘no,’ and I am absolutely thrilled to partner with Hallmark on Make Her Mark, a program that says, ‘yes,’ by empowering, training, and supporting women directors and giving them much-deserved opportunities to bring their creative vision to the screen,” Williams said in a statement. “Crystal blows me away with her intelligence, experience, and willingness to roll up her sleeves and jump right into the business of learning and making movies. I look forward to that moment when she is a mentor herself and joins me in paying it forward and opening the door for the many women who will come after her.”
Crystal Lowe will shadow Jessica Harmon — who directed the Hallmark movies A Paris Proposal and Rip in Time — on her new film Dream Moms. Lowe will then have a chance to direct her own project.
“Crystal has worked with us for years in front of the camera,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Hallmark Media’s executive vice president of programming, in a statement. “Her professionalism, creative instincts, and enthusiastic interest in the filmmaking process made it clear that she was the ideal candidate to help us inaugurate the program.”
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Lowe plays Rita Haywith in the hit Hallmark movie series Signed, Sealed, Delivered. The films, written by Touched By An Angel creator Martha Williamson, follow the four postal workers who track down the recipients of letters that have been marked “undeliverable.”
The series started as a TV show but after the first season, Hallmark changed the format to movies. To date, 12 movies have been made: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Delivered For Christmas (2014), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love (2015), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told (2015), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream (2015), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart (2016), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million (2016), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You (2016), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground (2017), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again (2017), Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Travelled (2018), Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Delivered: To the Altar (2018), and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made (2021).