Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, she spent ten years developing her practice while living in Trinidad and Tobago, where she also worked in the local film industry as the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of developing the Caribbean Film Database and the Caribbean Film Mart.
Emilie returned to Colorado to release her debut narrative feature, Moving Parts, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2017 and has gone on to play to receptive audiences internationally.
Emilie holds an MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Rotterdam Producers Lab and EAVE Producer alumni. Emilie’s experimental video installations have been exhibited at PG Contemporary in Houston, AIR Gallery in Brooklyn and the Festival International Signes de Nuit in France. Her short films have played at a number of Caribbean and African Diasporic Film Festivals as well as at Clermont Ferrand and MIPTV markets.
Emilie is the co-producer on a new project out of Trinidad and Tobago, Nearest Neighbour, directed by Rhonda Chan Soo, a web based documentary exploring the lives of Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad; she is also in development on her second narrative feature film, to be set in the Grand Canyon, entitled Life Without End. Emilie is a lecturer at University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts.