Emily Fraser is a San Francisco Bay Area documentary filmmaker committed to finding the poetry in the every day while provoking change around pressing social and environmental issues.

Her work has been shown around the country and the globe, with screenings at Doc NYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, LUNAFEST, the International Wildlife Film Festival, and the Pacific Film Archive, among others.

Creative Statement

Emily works as a freelance director/producer and cinematographer, and as a part-time film production instructor. In a previous life, she worked as an environmental consultant, focusing on projects in conservation, resource management, and alternative energy. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and art/architecture from the College of William and Mary and an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.

What is your interest at the intersection of sciences and film?

When people think of science I think they often imagine someone in a white lab coat poring over data and researching complex hypotheses with long names, but science is really just a way of understanding how the world works – a way of finding meaning behind things that may seem random or chaotic.

In many ways, this is exactly what stories do too. Science and storytelling are both manifestations of the human desire to understand the world and our role in it.

So as a documentary filmmaker, I see my role – in part – as a bridge between the logical, data-driven world of science and the messy, emotional, intimate experience of being a person on this planet. We’re all just trying to figure it out, and individual stories can be an amazingly compelling tool to share knowledge and wisdom in that pursuit.


Stanford, California, United States

Selected Works