Emily Tomson’s background spans the arts and cultural studies. She studied Experimental Theatre at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before getting her degree in cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She has been directing and writing for film since 2013, focusing primarily on original narrative shorts and feature-length scripts. She finds short films particularly inspiring at this stage of her career, and believes that at their best they can be a truly pure distillation of emotion and experience that touch the audience in a way longer-form narratives cannot. This summer, Emily will be a 2017 artist-in-residence at Villa Lena in Toiano, Italy. Emily’s work is marked by a strong sense of place and an ethnographic approach to lived experience. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.