Emily Hart is a director, producer and cinematographer with over two decades experience creating award-winning documentary films and television. With Kartemquin Films, she produced Steve James’ No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, which screened at festivals including SXSW, Full Frame, and iDOCS International Documentary Forum in Beijing; was broadcast as part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30,” winner of the 2010 International Documentary Association Award for Best Continuing Series and a 2011 Peabody Award; and selected by the U.S. Department of State in 2011 for the American Documentary Showcase. She was the associate producer and researcher of Steve James and Peter Gilbert’s At the Death House Door, which aired on the Independent Film Channel and was officially short-listed for the 2008 Academy Award. She was the researcher for Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s The Interrupters, which aired on PBS Frontline and was honored with a 2012 Independent Spirit Award and 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Most recently, Emily was the co-producer and researcher of the film on Roger Ebert, Life Itself, her fifth film with Steve James. Life Itself screened at Sundance, Cannes, Sheffield and dozens of additional festivals around the globe; won Best Documentary Feature at the Critics' Choice Awards and the National Board of Review; and was short-listed for the 2015 Academy Award.
Her own films include The God Squad and the Case of the Northern Spotted Owl, a behind-the-scenes look at the hidden politics of environmental policymaking, which screened at festivals, universities and on Capitol Hill and was broadcast nationally on PBS. Her short, On With the Wind, was honored with jury, festival director and audience awards and screened across the nation and abroad, including at the Sundance Film Festival and Festival International du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand in France.
Emily is the cinematographer of numerous documentaries, including Their Own Vietnam, about women who served in the Vietnam War and winner of the Student Academy Award in documentary. She has directed and served as the cinematographer on dozens of corporate and non-profit projects.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northwestern University (Honors in Environmental Engineering) and a Master of Arts in Communication from the Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University.
Films by Emily Hart
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