Emma Harckham

MFA Filmmaking

The focus of my final MFA project has been founding, executing, and curating Beyond the Wall Festival. This film festival focuses on films made by American “expats,” and featured a weekend of screenings and panel discussions exploring ideas of national identity, globalization, and immigration through the medium of cinema. Inspired by my own experience as an American living abroad, I sought to explore how the complicated social and political dynamics of immigrants are reflected in their art.  

My main practice is based in experimental documentary cinema and projection. My work discusses temporality as well as location, using my personal experiences to reflect on activist themes as well as personal emotions. Much of my current work seeks to explore my place as an individual within an urban setting. 

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