Emily Barresi is a photographer and filmmaker from Connecticut. With family roots in theater and motion-picture industries, she has always known the veil between monotony and melodrama wears thin. Working with non-professional actors and extras, she encourages subjects to toe the line between the simple yet surrealist aspects of everyday and to reconstruct uncanny versions of their memory through performance. Predominant themes in her work include luck, ambition, municipality, and autobiography. Emily received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015 and MFA from Yale School of Art in 2022. Currently based in her home state, she continues to construct a cinematic reality through photographs, experimental video work, and community-led productions.