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Emily Fraser

Emily Fraser

Documentary Film and Video


Emily Fraser is a San Francisco Bay Area documentary filmmaker committed to telling stories that spur positive social and environmental change. Her work has been shown around the country and the globe, screening at venues such as Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Doc NYC, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the University Film and Video Association Conference, and the Pacific Film Archive, among others. Emily has served as a film fellow for the Southern Environmental Law Center, the coordinator of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project’s annual environmental film series, a teaching assistant for the Stanford Arts Intensive, a video producer for the Boy Scouts of America, and a submission screener for AFI Docs documentary film festival. 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.



Graduate Student Fellowship, UFVA, 2014
Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2014

Consider the Ant 

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JUNE, 2014

Consider the Ant is a wild ride into the recesses of a filmmaker’s mind – where catholic guilt, a planet in peril, and the fascinating lives of ants collide.  This strange kaleidoscope of science and spirituality asks us, as individuals and as a species, “who are we?” and “who do we want to be?”.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury's Citation, 2nd Prize, Black Maria Film Festival Tour, 2015
Runner Up, Best Student Film > 10 Minute Documentary, Raw Science Film Festival, 2014
Nominee, Best Student Film, International Wildlife Film Festival, 2015
Life on Terra, 2015
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2015
Element Film Festival, 2015
Columbus International Film + Video Festival, 2015
American Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Thin Line Film Festival, 2015


Life on Terra Field Notes - July 2015

Lady Parts 

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Co-directed by Katherine Gorringe

In an industry dominated by men, Lady Parts Automotive brings a woman's touch.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention, Marblehead Film Festival, 2015
Oakland First Friday Shorts, 2015
Film Fest DC, 2015
Bay Area Women in Film & Media Shorts Showcase, 2014

Women's Film Festival, 2015
Columbus International Film + Video Festival, 2014
Women's International Film Festival, 2014

Interviews with the filmmakers:

-Lunafest Oakland
-KVSF 101.5: Strong, Smart, Bold Voices - Santa Fe
-The Dress at 50: Emily Fraser: Inspiring change, finding poetry in our lives through storytelling – February 11, 2015
-Revs Program at Stanford: Filming ‘Lady Parts’ for Stanford’s Documentary Film Program – October 10, 2013


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JUNE, 2013

A personal journey into the lonely landscape of insomnia.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee, Best Experimental Short, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, 2014
Oakland International Film Fest, 2015
Dam Short Film Festival, 2015
Bay Area Student Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, 2014

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2014
University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2014
Brought to Light, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2014

Answering the Call 

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Co-directed by Edward Symes
MARCH, 2013

As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, soldiers on the frontline lack critical supplies.  One American civilian answers their call.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

GI Film Festival, 2014
Taos Shortz Film Fest, 2014
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2013
Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2013
University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2013

Of Cows and Men 

16mm black and white film


A dairy farmer navigates through trying economic times.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee, Best Mini Doc, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2014
Shorts Showcase, PBS-KVCR, 2015
DocuWest International Film Festival, 2014
Life Sciences Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014

Taos Shortz Film Fest, 2014
Dam Short Film Festival, 2014
Ojai Film Festival, 2013
Doc NYC, 2013
University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2013



June 14, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
June 13, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building
March 20, 2013

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
435 Lasuen Mall
December 11, 2012

Free and open to the public