UPCOMING

Hail Mary, 16:00 (2017) Nationwide Tour with Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 // Full Spectrum Features

CHICAGO & COOK COUNTY

June 29 – Gallery 400 [UIC]
July 27 – Nightingale Cinema
Aug. 10 – Harold Washington Library
Aug. 23 – Beverly Arts Center
Oct. 7 – Doc Films [University of Chicago]
Oct. 11 – Bezazian Library
Nov. 15 – Comfort Station
TBA – Facets Cinematheque

NATIONAL

July 20 – Spectacle Theater [Brooklyn, NY]
July 28 – The Passage Theatre [Trenton, NJ]
Aug. 26 – Northwest Film Forum [Seattle, WA]
Sept. 9 – The Nordlof Center [Rockford, IL]
Oct. 13 – University of Wisconsin [Milwaukee, WI]
Oct. 15 – Cellular Cinema [Minneapolis, MN]
Fall '17 – The Mini Microcinema [Cincinnati, OH]
Fall '17 – The Detroit Institute of Arts [Detroit, MI]
Winter '17 – Basement Films [Albuquerque, NM]
Winter '17 – No Festival Required [Phoenix, AZ]
Winter '17 – Exploded View [Tucson, AZ]

June 3 - July 2 - Trust Fall (group show, participating artist) - @ gallery ALSO (3754 N Mission Rd, Suite B), Los Angeles, CA

CURRENT

LVL3 Media: Artist Spotlight

Filmmaker Magazine Feature: Filmmaker Magazine: "

Newcity Film 50 Feature -- Newcity Film 50: Chicago's Screen Gems

Writer/Director: Make Out Party (short) (post-production)

Writer/Director: EL CULTO DE LA MUERTE (Cult of the Dead) (in production)

 

PAST

2017Video Premiere - 'Hail Mary' (2017) - Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 - @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 

Screening Filmmaker - 'Massillon' (2016) - Short Round Cool Shit 2 - @ 4308 Burns Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Opening receptionTrust Fall (group show) - @ ALSO Gallery (3754 N Mission Rd, Suite B), Los Angeles, CA June 3rd - July 2nd, 2017

Keynote speaker"Liminal Femininity: Impossible Elegance and the Femme Archetype" at University of Illinois Chicago's graduate student conference, CONVERGING NARRATIVES: BESIEGED AND TRANSGRESSIVE BODIES - @ Richard J. Daley Library at UIC

Screening Artist - Severance (2016) - I'm hurting when you're not with me - co-curated by Butoh Chicago and In/habit - an expanded performance art series -  at Hume Gallery

Screening Artist - Severance - Short Round Cool Shit 1 @ Moving Arts (1822 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA) 

Founder/curator: Wretched Nobles Filmmaker Fund 

2016 - Music video premiere - Impose Magazine - "Sunburn" - DEHD (made in collaboration with Emily Kempf and Dominic Rabalais)

Screening Artist - The Dojo Presents: #SQUADFEST (1-year Anniverasry Party) @ The Dojo, Chicago, IL

Screening/Solo Show - WRETCHED WOMAN // Pig or Poet? - Short Video Works by Emily Esperanza + VHS Screening of 'SPIDER & FLY' Featurette (Seattle Premiere) @ Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA 

Screening/Group Show - DOG DAYS + WRETCHED WOMAN - Short Video Works by Emily Esperanza @ ABCO Art Space, Oakland, CA

Screening/Solo Show - WRETCHED WOMAN // Pig or Poet? - Short Video Works by Emily Esperanza + VHS Screening of 'SPIDER & FLY' Featurette (NY Premiere) @ Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn, NY 

Screening Artist - 'ghosts' (02:17), 'Massillon' (02:26), 'Severance' (04:56) - Firehaus Variety Show @ Firehaus, Chicago, IL

Selected Artist -  Super 8 Lives! - Chicago Filmmakers

Panel Speaker - Chicago's DIY Curators + Creators Live Panel - @ Future Factory

Featured Artist - The Dojo Presents: LatinX World - @ The Dojo - Chicago, IL

Podcast Interview/Feature - What about Chicago feat. Emily Esperanza

Screening Artist - 'Severance' - Dollhouse Screening Series: Queer Film Night

Podcast Interview/Feature: Dynasty Podcasts -- Chicagoverse 059 - Emily Esperanza (The Wretched Nobles of the Exiled Dynasty)

DirectorMusic video premiere -- BULLETT -- "Lighning & the Rain" by The Gold Web (dir. Emily Esperanza, DP - Greg Reigh)

Video Interview/Feature: #VAMCOMMUNION - Filmmakers

Production DesignMusic video premiere -- BULLETT -- "Love U" by Yoko & the Oh Nos (dir. Michael Zarowny)

Live Music Video Premiere -  Spaces of Disappearance - "No None"  @ The Black Couch

Featured Artist - 'Living Room' - A One-night Set Installation for Dojo Media Productions Fundraiser Party

Screening/Solo Show -  WRETCHED WOMAN // Pig or Poet? - Short Video Works by Emily Esperanza + VHS Screening of 'SPIDER & FLY' Featurette (Chicago Premiere) @ Comfort Station

Screening Artist - Occupy, 09:30 (2016) -  Second Fridays at Black Couch: "Stacking Glass"

Screening Artist - NECESSITY/LUXARY, 22:00 - MEDIUMS @ Constellation

Screening Artist - SPIDER & FLY (excerpts) - CIMM-Fest w/Emanation and The Dojo

Curator - Sinema Obscura pt. 1 w/Odd Obsession Movies

Screening Artist day/night, 11:51 - Dollhouse Screening: FEMALE FILMMAKERS @ The Social Club, Des Moines, IA

Screening Artist day/night, 11:51 - Dollhouse Screening: FEMALE FILMMAKERS @ Public Space One, Iowa City, I

Screening Artist GLORY/INFERNO, 22:29 - Dojo Media Night

Music video premiereVAM MAG for "Soft Feeling" by Dan Rico (dir. Emily Esperanza, DP - Greg Reigh)

Screening Artist/Curator day/night, 11:51 - 2nd Floor Rear Presents : THE WRETCHED NOBLES Film & Video Showcase @ OuterSpace studios

Screening Artist day/night, 11:51 - Dollhouse Screening: FEMALE FILMMAKERS

2015 - Exhibition/Screening + Q&A - SEX, DEATH, & VISIONS FROM THE UNDERGROUND: The Collaborative Work of Emily Esperanza, Greg Stephen Reigh, and Abby Young - @ Chicago Filmmakers & Hokin Hall Columbia College Chicago

Cinematographer: BULLETT Magazine for "Jojo Baby" (dir. Greg Stephen Reigh) - also featured on The Huffington Post

Music video premiereBULLETT Magazine for "The Inside Joke" by The Holy Alimonies (dir. Emily Esperanza, DP - Greg Reigh)

Music video premiereStereogum for "Chapels" by Crown Larks (dir. Emily Esperanza, DP - Greg Stephen Reigh)

Screening Artist - day/night, 11:51 - CUT! An Evening of Short Films - @ The Den Theatre

Screening Artist - Chapels, 05:09 - YOU CAN SEE MUSIC SOMETIMES - Video Video Screening @ Giron

Music video premiereVAM Magazine for "Dandelion" by Sophagus, (dir. Emily Esperanza)

Photography feature: CCLaP Weekender

Collaborator/Contributor/& Film/Video Curator - BitchFest Chicago

Screening Artist poets in strange places - Party Film & Video - @ Little House Micro Cinema

Screening Video Artist - WULFDEN presents "FIRST TIMES FESTIVAL" @ Young Camelot

Feature & Video Interview: VAM Magazine 

Panel discussion speaker: The Perils of Documentary Productions: Filming In Difficult Situations @ Chicago Filmmakers

'Punishment' selected for SWOP Chicago art show @ Church of Templehead

EDUCATION/AWARDS - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Presidential Merit Scholarship), Prague Film School, 2010 (Ralph N.J. Scholarship Grant), California College of the Arts Pre-College Program (Full scholarship to attend program & award for final film/acceptance with scholarship to attend CCA Fine Arts Program), Oakland School for the Arts, 2009 (GED), The Oxbow School, Napa, CA, 2008 (Received scholarship to attend Oxbow)

OTHER - Director, "EL CULTO DE LA MUERTE (CULT OF THE DEAD)" (in production), Director, "Spider & Fly" (2014, completed), Director & Videographer for Milk the Goat Productions & fashion label (2012, Bali, Indonesia), "Richter No. 2" - Official Selection Santa Fe 3MFF (2011), "The Dream" - Official Selection Santa Fe 3MFF (2010), Performances as Edie Sedgwick at East Bay Express/De Young Museum/Amoeba Music Warhol Factory Recreation Party (2009)

Press - Filmmaker Magazine, Newcity Film, Impose Magazine (also HERE), BULLETT Magazine (also HERE), The Deli MagazineMidwest Action, StereogumCCLaP Weekender, The Chicago ReaderVAM MAG  (and HERE), PERFORMER MAGMY OLD KENTUCKY BLOGMAXIUMUM ROCK'N'ROLL, MODERN STITCHES MAGAZINE, LOCAL LOOPMILK THE GOAT, SAIC PRESS, SF GATE