Photo by Michael Phillip Zarowny

Photo by Michael Phillip Zarowny


“…An original voice in a sea of mundane posers,” (Amy Davis, Terminal USA [1993], PIG DEATH MACHINE [2013]).

Emily Esperanza is a filmmaker, and artist whose passions lie in discarded aesthetics, liminal spaces, guerrilla approaches, and unconventional narrative. Her recent video works, grouped under the title, WRETCHED WOMAN, investigate stillness, duration, atmosphere, and archetype, specifically relating to representations of femininity. 

Her new film, Make Out Party, had its World Premiere this year, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival as part of CUFF's 25-year anniversary and Full Spectrum Features, and hosted by VAM Studio.

In 2016, Emily was selected as one of Chicago's New City 2016 'Film 50' directors, and was featured in a followup article in Filmmaker Magazine. She is the founder and curator of WRETCHED NOBLES, an immersive monthly film/video series & shorts program. Emily currently lives in California.