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About

Emilie Upczak has an MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Art; she is a Rotterdam Producers Lab alumni and a part of the EAVE Producers network. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she lived and worked, in Trinidad and Tobago for ten years.

Her films reflect her interest in ritual practice and in sexual identity; interests that were first sparked after she spent two-years travelling throughout Southeast Asia when she was 19, where she encountered numerous religious traditions and worked as an escort in a hostess club in Tokyo. Her experiences have helped to shape a body of work that reflect groups or practices that are considered non-normative; her films aim to challenge and humanize those on the outskirts. She has made a number of short documentaries that have played at international film festivals and created a series of experimental work where she explored bodies in action, bodies of color and the female gaze. Following this, she departed into the narrative form and directed the short film Knockabout, distributed by Anansi Studios. Moving Parts is her maiden feature.

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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.