Emilie Blythe McDonald (USA)

Emilie Blythe McDonald basically grew up in the back of a Volkswagen bus, traveling through the United States and Mexico. She writes and directs visually arresting films that bring a compassionate eye to often-overlooked characters and the conflicts that permeate their everyday lives. Her work has participated in IFP’s No Borders Lab, won multiple awards, and screened in dozens of festivals internationally, including Indie Memphis, Nantucket and Palm Springs. With her latest project, Aman and Flor Against the Motherfucking World, Emilie won the High Scribe Screenwriting Award at the 2024 Sun Valley Film Festival and was a 2023 Stowe New Voices New Mexico fellow.

4th & AztecCollege dropout Shay Martinez, too smart for her own good, takes a job at a senior center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and develops a connection with an older man who looks and sounds strangely like her childhood obsession Mick Jagger.