On location during the craziest sunset of my life in McLoud, OK.

On location during the craziest sunset of my life in McLoud, OK.

Emily Harger is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer currently based in Oakland, CA. Her roots in Appalachian Pennsylvania and the Rust Belt drive her curiosity for the American identity across rural and urban communities. From 2012 - 2016, Emily lived up the river from Parkersburg, WV in southeastern Ohio where she documented stories of Appalachian communities like her hometown. Growing up in the Catholic church, she has always been interested in the intersection of religion and identity. Emily strives to create work that starts conversation and breaks down stereotypes often portrayed in mainstream media about Appalachia.

After graduating from Ohio University’s photojournalism program, she packed up her car and drove across the country to the San Francisco Bay Area for a filmmaking residency with Glassbreaker Films at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Currently, Emily runs her own production business and teaches media classes to Oakland youth at Youth Beat. She is a recipient of Work-in-Progress and Women-in-Docs grants from Glassbreaker Films. In 2018, Emily was recognized as an Emerging Video Journalist by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter.

You can view her portfolio here.



Executive Producers: Aubrey Aden-Buie, Elisa Gambino
Second Camera: Mark C. Trent
Animation: Roguemark Studios
Lead Animator: Amy Hollshwandner
Additional Footage: Emma Howells, Sarah Holm, Lauren Nolan, Liz Moughon
Drone Operator: Ben Siegel
Assistant Editor: Anna Clare Spelman
Post Production Audio: Katherine Rae Mondo
Colorist: Erica Brechtelsbauer
Original Music Score by Eli Rexford Chambers
”Don’t Be Afraid (Open Your Heart)” by Back Porch Alibi