Documentary Filmmaker and Video Editor

Ema Ryan Yamazaki is a documentary filmmaker and video editor. In 2013 her documentary, MONK BY BLOOD, the story of a young Japanese man who faces the destiny of taking over his family's 800-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, aired internationally on Al Jazeera English. The film also played at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2014. Her film NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, a documentary about growing up in multiple cultures, has screened at venues and educational conferences around the world.

As an editor, Ema’s work has screened on HBO, PBS, at Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and the Director's Guild of America, among others. In 2014, Ema was an editor on CNN's docu-series CHICAGOLAND, executive produced by Robert Redford. Most recently, she was the co-producer and editor of CLASS DIVIDE, an upcoming HBO Documentary directed by Marc Levin, which won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC in 2015.

Ema is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While she was a student, Ema interned for Ken Burns' production company and trained at the BBC. Upon graduation, she became an assistant to filmmaker/editor Sam Pollard (WHEN THE LEVIES BROKE, 4 LITTLE GIRLS).

Raised in Japan and England, Ema has a particular interest in telling stories that lie in-between cultures. Currently residing in New York City, she is now in post-production on her first feature documentary, while developing other projects in both Japan and New York. She loves eating and traveling.