2016: Highlights

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

'Make Out Party' cast/crew photo

'Make Out Party' cast/crew photo

'Hail Mary' set at The Dojo, Chicago, IL

'Hail Mary' set at The Dojo, Chicago, IL

Behind the scenes Gold Web "Lightning & the Rain" Music Video (photo Jennifer Esperanza)

Behind the scenes Gold Web "Lightning & the Rain" Music Video (photo Jennifer Esperanza)

Program from The Spectacle Theatre's screening of 'WRETCHED WOMAN', Brooklyn, NY

Program from The Spectacle Theatre's screening of 'WRETCHED WOMAN', Brooklyn, NY

WRETCHED NOBLES screening at Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

WRETCHED NOBLES screening at Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

Crew photo for Dorian Electra's 'History of the Vibrator' Refinery29 Video

Crew photo for Dorian Electra's 'History of the Vibrator' Refinery29 Video

On set for Dorian Electra's 'History of the Vibrator' Refinery29 Video

On set for Dorian Electra's 'History of the Vibrator' Refinery29 Video

From upcoming 'Brown Girls' webseries (dir. Sam Bailey)

From upcoming 'Brown Girls' webseries (dir. Sam Bailey)

Behind the scenes shot for upcoming Crown Larks album cover

Behind the scenes shot for upcoming Crown Larks album cover

'SPIDER & FLY' VHS tape for WRETCHED WOMAN touring show

'SPIDER & FLY' VHS tape for WRETCHED WOMAN touring show

At the Spectacle Theatre in Brooklyn, NY after my 'WRETCHED WOMAN' screening

At the Spectacle Theatre in Brooklyn, NY after my 'WRETCHED WOMAN' screening

After screening 'WRETCHED WOMAN' at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA

After screening 'WRETCHED WOMAN' at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA

Clip of 'SPIDER & FLY' being live-scored at CIMM-FEST

Clip of 'SPIDER & FLY' being live-scored at CIMM-FEST

Playing Svenghoulia in 'Super Scary Late Night Scareathon' 
WRETCHED NOBLES 'Love Hurts' at Beauty Bar

WRETCHED NOBLES 'Love Hurts' at Beauty Bar

WRETCHED NOBLES program for Psychedelia-themed screening w/special guest, Marina Fini

WRETCHED NOBLES program for Psychedelia-themed screening w/special guest, Marina Fini

Production still from Yoko and the Oh Nos 'Love U' music video (dir. Michael Zarowny)

Production still from Yoko and the Oh Nos 'Love U' music video (dir. Michael Zarowny)

WRETCHED WOMAN screening at Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

WRETCHED WOMAN screening at Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

DEHD 'Sunburn' music video (dir. Emily Kempf, Emily Esperanza, Dom Rabalais)

DEHD 'Sunburn' music video (dir. Emily Kempf, Emily Esperanza, Dom Rabalais)

Post-Joshua Tree video shoot

Post-Joshua Tree video shoot

On set in Los Angeles, CA 

On set in Los Angeles, CA 

Still from my short film, 'Massillon' (2016)

Still from my short film, 'Massillon' (2016)

Set still by Selena Boyer behind the scenes of Jessica Marks 'Fuck the Clock' Music video

Set still by Selena Boyer behind the scenes of Jessica Marks 'Fuck the Clock' Music video

2nd Floor Rear WRETCHED NOBLES x VAM screening

2nd Floor Rear WRETCHED NOBLES x VAM screening

Still from my short, 'Severance' 

Still from my short, 'Severance' 

Post-meeting photo of The Good Night Ladies and I planning 'La Lune de Femme' for Sh'Bang! Fest 

Post-meeting photo of The Good Night Ladies and I planning 'La Lune de Femme' for Sh'Bang! Fest 

See ya in 2017!

See ya in 2017!

Feature in NewCity Film 50 + Filmmaker Magazine

via Filmmaker Magazine (photo by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux inc.)

via Filmmaker Magazine (photo by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux inc.)

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.

Thanks Newcity!

Thanks Newcity!

Newcity Film50 Print Cover (photo by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux inc.)

Newcity Film50 Print Cover (photo by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux inc.)

WATCH: #VAMCOMMUNION

"A roundtable discussion with some of the most innovative and forward thinking creatives from the City."

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

Discover more from VAMhttp://bit.ly/1T1hLb7

WATCH: 'Lightning & the Rain' -- Official Music Video Premiere on BULLETT

Still from 'Lightning & the Rain' which premiered on BULLETT Magazine last week.

Still from 'Lightning & the Rain' which premiered on BULLETT Magazine last week.

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

WATCH: Sophagus - "Dandelion" - VAM MAG Premiere

The official music video for the new Sophagus track 'Dandelion' premiered on VAM Magazine early last week. Check the full story here.

Album available for download/purchase October 3rd: sophagus.bandcamp.com

Direction, cinematography & editing by Emily Esperanza (emilyesperanza.com)
Lighting assistant - Abby Young (aboutyesterdaymedia.com)
Nowhere Films © 2015

Source: http://vamstudio.net/portfolio/sophagus-dandelion