Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, with a BA in Comparative Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a Rotterdam Producers Lab alumni and an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant recipient.
Emilie spent ten years in Trinidad and Tobago, where she developed as a filmmaker and worked as the Creative Director for the trinidad+tobago film festival spearheading the Caribbean Film Database and the Caribbean Film Mart.
Emilie’s debut narrative feature, set in Port of Spain, Moving Parts, premiered at the Denver Film Festival and is available through the films distributor, Indiepix.
Emilie recently completed the narrative short, Silt, which premiered at the Independent Film Festival Boston where it won the special jury award. Silt was also selected for the opening film at Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Emilie Upczak is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts, and the Associate Faculty Director of the Brakhage Center for Media Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Emilie is currently on Fellowship with the Center for Humanities at CU Boulder, working with the Rare and Distinctive Collections at the University Libraries to create a digital exhibition on the collection of Ann Roy, an American poet, mystic and feminist activist.https://www.emilieupczak.com, https://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/fiscalsponsorship/projects/silt
After being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago to be with her brother, Zhenzhen, an illegal Chinese immigrant, discovers the true cost of her arrival.