About the Filmmakers


Emily Fraser is a graduate student in Stanford University’s Documentary Film MFA program. Emily graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2007 with a dual degree in environmental policy and art/architecture. Before transitioning into filmmaking, Emily worked in the Washington, DC area in both the nonprofit and private sectors, focusing on projects in conservation, resource management, and alternative energy. She attended the George Washington University Institute for Documentary Filmmaking in 2010 and has since served as the lead videographer for Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico and as a submission screener for AFI Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival. Recent projects include a 16mm black and white film about a California dairy farm, a personal essay film about insomnia, and an educational piece about stormwater pollution in Alabama.









Edward Symes is a producer, director, and founder of Here and Now Films.  Edward has shot and produced short documentaries in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa, and East Timor.  In 2008 he premiered a 30 minute documentary film, Los Medicos, at the Jackson Hole Film Festival and edited the 26th Annual United Nations HIV/AIDS conference video. He created a five-part web series on the USS BOXER Navy Ship with global health organization Project Hope.  In 2009, he edited a six-part media series for OXFAM America on the mining industry in Peru.  He worked as a cinematographer on the global music project 1 Giant Leap (Channel 4-UK), contributed to videos for Time Magazine and Yahoo! Assignment Earth as well as commercials for IBM, Facebook, and SEIU. As an artist, his work has appeared in group exhibitions at the Visionaires Gallery in Paris, the annual Soiree du Louvre in NYC, Art Basel Miami, and Webster Hall as part of the Quarterly Art Soiree 2010.  Edward is a co-founder of the creative collective FRONTRUNNER.  He served as art show curator and gallery director for Frontrunner Gallery in TriBeCa from 2010-2012.  Edward has taught documentary filmmaking with Barefoot Workshops and the Maine Media Workshops. He holds a degree in English from Kenyon College.