2016 has been quite the year, to say the least. It has been a year of abrupt change, shifts, and restructuring. There have been many tragedies in the world and I feel very lucky and blessed to have been surrounded by such strong, and inspiring individuals and safe and supportive communities. Here is a brief sampling of my 2016 -- thank you to my friends, family, collaborators, supporters, and everyone who helped me through this year. xx
A huge thank you to Filmmaker Magazine who just released a great write-up on Chicago's Newcity Film 50 list, "..a list of 50 people who comprise a composite snapshot of the Windy City’s community of media creators."
The Newcity list, compiled by Ray Pride, features a diverse range of Chicago filmmakers from well-knowns like Joe Swanberg to experimental filmmaker and animator, Jim Trainer. Filmmaker Magazine editor, Scott Macaulay, writes,
"But, for me, it all comes back to discovery, so the Film 50 is essential as it reveals for the first time folks like Emily Esperanza, pictured above. In Pride’s profile, she says she’s 'interested in soundscapes, the tension suspended between extremes, nostalgic sensibilities, themes of exile and displacement, the subtleties of eroticism, guerrilla approaches and lo-fi/discarded aesthetics.' After being 'tired of paying festival submission fees,' she took her own work on the road this past summer and, working as a curator, she is developing a series intended to push aesthetic boundaries."
Check out the full Filmmaker Magazine article HERE.
And the complete Newcity Film50 list HERE.
VAMSTUDIO PRESENT'S #VAMCOMMUNION: A roundtable discussion with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking creatives in the City.
This episode: Filmmakers
Fawzia Mirza: www.fawziamirza.com
Emily Esperanza: www.emilyesperanza.com
Shanice Vallerie Allen: www.vallerieallen.com
The Good Night Ladies (Jessica Marks, Eve Rydberg and Ashley Thompson): www.thegoodnightladies.com
Our Names Are Sam (Sam Bailey and Sam Lee):www.ournamesaresam.com
Last week, BULLETT Magazine premiered The Gold Web's music video for 'Lightning & The Rain', directed by Emily Esperanza. Justin Thomas Moran writes, "Lifted off their new five-track FREAKS! EP, “Lightning & the Rain” commands with a thick, big-bodied sound, much like M83 at its darkest, but laced with the bubbling energy of a Glass Candy record. The music video, directed by Nowhere Films director Emily Esperanza, provides a perfect complement, inviting us into a stylized, underground party that’s drenched in neon lights."
Read the full article on BULLETT HERE.
Watch the video below:
Concept & Direction: Emily Esperanza
Cinematography: Greg Stephen Reigh
Editing: Emily Esperanza
Buy album here: thegoldweb.bandcamp.com/album/freaks
Nowhere Films ©2016
The official music video for the new Sophagus track 'Dandelion' premiered on VAM Magazine early last week. Check the full story here.