emma thatcher filmmaker

I'm Emma Thatcher, a Chicago-based filmmaker, actor, and photographer. After studying acting at NYU, I  began producing, writing, directing, and editing my own short films. My work focuses on intimate, humanistic stories through a unique lo-fi and micro-budget lens. I often use improvisation on set so that the actors can bring their own voice & behavior to their characters. I'm very grateful for my vibrant and inventive Chicago film community that I am making my first feature film with this summer :)

for inquiries & collaborations, you can reach me at

check out one of my short films, "Soomin", which won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival 
e-mail me for inquiries about my 35mm portrait sessions!