Emily is a filmmaker from Oʻahu based in New York City. Her short film Lucky Fish has played at festivals including Palm Springs International Film Festival (Winner, Young Cineastes Award, Special Mention, Best LGBTQ+ Short), Champs-Élysées (Winner, Audience Award), Outfest L.A., Frameline, Inside Out and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, and premiered on NOWNESS Asia. She is one of the 2023 Recipients of The New Voices Filmmaker Grant, a new initiative from NewFest in partnership with Netflix.
Emily has curated film programs for Metrograph and Allies in Arts. She previously worked as a development executive at the Academy Award-Nominated and Peabody Award-Winning production company The Department of Motion Pictures (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, PATTI CAKE$, MONSTERS & MEN, PHILLY D.A.) and was an Associate Producer on the podcast series OPERATOR, produced in partnership with Topic and Wondery.
Photo by Tess Ayano