Emily Carmichael


Emily Jane Carmichael


Emily Carmichael is a lifelong New Yorker. Her films, plays, paintings, and comics address the divide between reality and fantasy, seeking to describe the world as it is -- messy and sometimes disappointing -- as well as what it can be: magical and endlessly surprising.

As a teenager, Emily contributed two essays, Fight Girl Power and Acid Torches of Doom, to Ophelia Speaks, a collection of works by adolescent girls, which spent eighteen weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List. Salon's review of the book singled out her work as the strongest in the collection and she appeared as a featured guest on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation to discuss issues of girlhood and modernity. She graduated Stuyvesant High School in 2000 with medals in English and Physics, and won Bertelsmann's World of Expression Award for her short story Losing It.

At Harvard University, Emily earned her B.A. with honors in Painting and Literature and continued to distinguish herself as an artist, playwright, and theater director. She wrote and directed two full-length plays -- Stopover and The Passion Sell (co-directed with Geordie Broadwater) -- and three short plays -- Amy's Roadside, The Impossibles, and The Minute Kings. She also co-directed a production of Macbeth: The Puppet Shakespeare for which she designed and sculpted twenty-two clay puppets. Her comic strip, Whiz Kids, which debuted in her high school newspaper, ran in the Harvard Crimson over two years. Seth MacFarlane, writing in Noise magazine, praised its artistry and Doonesbury rhythms. In Cambridge her paintings and sculptures were regularly featured in student exhibitions and she graduated with the David McCord Prize for Excellence in the Arts.

After her graduation in 2004, Emily moved back to New York City where she began to work professionally as an artist and writer. She assisted with story development on One Rat Short (Short-listed for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film), and wrote and workshopped her new play, Madrigal's Dome, at the Manhattan Theater Club. She also served as a graphic designer for several ad and promotional campaigns and as a set designer for the second season of the Babel Theater Project.

In 2006, she entered the MFA film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and in the past two years has written and directed five narrative short films and an animated short in addition to two short documentaries. Emily's films have been shown at the Anthology Film Archives, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, and at Slamdance and South by Southwest as well as many other film festivals. She has recently completed her third year as a graduate student at NYU and is working on a feature thesis project, which she will write and direct.

In 2008, she founded Kid Can Drive, www.kidcandrive.com, an independent company committed to the production of creative content across media platforms.

Actor ( 5 credits )

How We Covered It (2013) Herself
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2011)  Ix (1 episode, 2011)
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2009) Ix (voice)
Play/Stop (2009) Girl On Street
Slavenka (2009) Jan

Producer ( 3 credits )

The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2011) producer (1 episode, 2011)
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2009) producer
Young Love (2008) producer

Writer ( 11 credits )

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom (2018) (screenplay)
RPG OKC (2013) (writer)
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting (2011) (written by)
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2011) (8 episodes, 2011)
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2009) (written by)
Ledo and Ix 2 (2009) (written by)
The Ghost and Us (2009) (written by)
Play/Stop (2009) (written by)
That's My Majesty (2008) (written by)
Young Love (2008) (written by)
Powerhouse (0) (screenplay)

Director ( 12 credits )

Film School Shorts (2013) (1 episode, 2013)
RPG OKC (2013)
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting (2011)
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2011) (8 episodes, 2011)
Ledo and Ix Fight Monsters (2010)
The Adventures of Ledo and Ix (2009)
Ledo and Ix 2 (2009)
The Ghost and Us (2009)
Play/Stop (2009)
That's My Majesty (2008)
Young Love (2008)
Powerhouse (0)