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Emmanuel Dayan

Emmanuel Dayan

Documentary Film and Video


After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris, Emmanuel moved to Denmark to study at the European Film College. While there, he directed two short fiction films and edited many others. He then returned to Paris where he worked as an editor, "making of" director, and a bakery clerk. Emmanuel loves to play music, enjoys cooking, and has an unexplained fascination with hospitals and the medical world.


Fulbright Scholar, 2007

In Suspension 

hd video
JUNE, 2008

In a neo-natal intensive care unit, a chaplain, a mother, a doctor and a psychologist spend their days and nights around babies whose lives are never taken for granted. Human contact often gives in to medical imperatives, and death is never far. The film looks at the ways these people deal with the omnipresence of technology and a reality which is often out of their control.

Song of a Sperm Donor 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2007

A portrait of Jeffrey, former sperm donor, who lives in an RV in Venice Beach, and the first of his daughters to have met him, Ryann.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2008
Documentary Seed Award, Doc en Courts International Documentary Fim Festival, Lyon 2009
Special Student Jury Mention, Doc en Courts International Documentary Fim Festival, Lyon 2009
Best of Fest, Reel to Real Film Festival, North Carolina, 2008
Nashville International Film Festival, 2009
Party on the Edge, Cantor Art Center, Stanford University, 2008
San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Festival International de Curtas-Metragens de Sao Paolo, Brasil, 2008
EcoMagic community screening, California, 2008
Pszichoanalitikus Filmkonferencia, Hungary, 2008
Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Market, France, 2008
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2008
Swiatowy World Student Film Festival, Poland, 2007

Clearing the Air 

digital video
Co-directed by Nicholas Berger
MARCH, 2007
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A glimpse into the lives of three people who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) a condition in which people become intolerant of small doses of a wide range of common chemicals found in our environment.

Busy Days 

16mm black and white film
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Thelma, 79, the "baby" of Grant Cuesta nursing home, as she calls herself, struggles to find something to fill her time. From physical exercise to scripture reading to bingo, the film looks at her ways of dealing with the empty days.



June 14, 2008

Free and open to the public

June 12, 2007

free and open to the public

March 20, 2007

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 12, 2006

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium