emily elizabeth thomas is an award winning writer/director based in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in Austin, TX and proudly maintains a strong presence in the Texas film community. A true cowgirl at heart, Emily brings authentic Southern grit to every project.
Emily is a classically trained writer and filmmaker. she holds a Bachelor of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in screenwriting and cinema studies, and a Master of Arts from New York University in screenwriting and gender studies. she learned the ropes of independent movie making in the indie film world. She began writing, directing and producing her own films from a young age. Her work has been award winning at festivals such as The Oslo Independent Film Festival, The Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival, and The Alabama George Lindsay Film Festival. She has been featured by Milk Studios, Free The Bid, Film Threat, Director's Notes, Black Book, Ad Age, Shots, Purple Magazine, and more.
At the foundation of her directorial practice is the true grit of independent movie making, color and design, and unyielding commitment to the craft and art of storytelling. Emily's goal as a director is to push the edges, MAKE YOU FEEL, and disrupt the systems of power which keep women and minorities down.
most recently, emily directed ‘the gathering’, a branded short film for the brooklyn film festival in collaboration with creative agency tbwa\chat\day which raises the specter for sexual misconduct in hollywood, taking on the powers that be which have historically allowed abuse and gender based bias to thrive in hollywood. ‘the gathering’ saw extensive press coverage in both the united states, and globally.
next, emily will complete her anthology trilogy of short films titled ‘the texas trilogy’, with the last installment. she is writing her first feature - a drama which explores motherhood and loss, and which bends the lines between the real, and magic.
you can find her in many places at once…
crossroads award for emerging directors, The victoria tx independent film festival, 2018
best international short, Oslo independent film festival, ‘Lola: GIrl Got a Gun’, 2018
BEst professional short, george lindsay una film festival, ‘lola: Girl Got a gun’, 2018
film shortage daily short picks, ‘Lola: Girl Got a Gun’, 2019
directors notes premiere, Lola: GIrl Got a gun, 2019
ad age pick of the day, ‘the gathering’, 2019
shots best of the month, ‘the gathering’, 2019
awards & recognition:
Portfolio review distinguished merit scholarship, The school of the art institute of chicago
dean’s scholarship for excellence in the arts, new york university
Official selection, the victoria tx independent film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, harlem international film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, norwegian international seagull short film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, marfa film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, key west film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, george lindsay una film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, oslo independent film festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018
official selection, nitehawk shorts festival, ‘lola: girl got a gun’, 2018