Emily Harrold
Emily harrold

Emily Harrold is a documentary filmmaker from Orangeburg, South Carolina who currently splits her time between South Carolina and New York City. Her films have screened at festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, DOC NYC and the Telluride Film Festival. Her film Meltdown In Dixie, a TOPIC original documentary that is part of WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed Series, has garnered many awards including a 2022 dupont Columbia Finalist designation and a 2022 Silver Telly Award. Harrold has produced numerous films for PBS’s American Experience series including The Lie Detector, Flood in the Desert, and Voice of Freedom about singer Marian Anderson. Her feature documentary directing debut, While I Breathe, I Hope about politician Bakari Sellers, won the documentary Audience Award at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival, premiered on WORLD Channel's AfroPop series in 2019, and won a 2020 Southeast Region Emmy. Her feature documentary producing debut, Monkey Business, about the creators of Curious George, premiered at the 2017 LA Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival. It streamed on HULU for five years and is now available on Criterion. Harrold is also part of the team behind Discovery's Tigerland (Sundance 2019) and National Geographic's Ron Howard-directed Rebuilding Paradise (Sundance 2020). She is part of DOC NYC’s 2021 40 Under 40 Class. Harrold is a member of Film Fatales, DPA and The Filmshop.


  • While I Breathe, I Hope Trailer

    Trailer for Feature Documentary WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE. Produced and Directed by Emily Harrold. Find out more at www.bakarisellersdocumentary.com