by Emily M. Blake
Saturday Buriel Clay Theater 2pm
An ode to Toni Morrison’s, “The Bluest Eye,” and based on a true story. The Last Taboo explores the themes of colorism and unrequited love through seventeen year old Jonathan, who goes mad after suffering intolerable rejection, humiliation, and pain.
Director Biography – Emily M. Blake
After graduating with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism, Emily worked as a Producer and On-Air Talent for a small radio station and then as an Associate Producer for a Detroit area Urban Affairs program while earning a Master’s in Communications. Studying film from the perspectives of culture, gender, and national identity, Emily was eager to construct films of her own and moved to New York to pursue independent filmmaking.
Soon after arriving in New York, she embarked on her first, “NO BUDGET” indie feature, “Connie’s Place.” She spent several weeks in pre-production and rehearsed her actors as if it were a stage play, telling them that once the 16mm film rolled, they would have one take only to nail their performance. She shot the tightly scheduled feature length film in eight days. The film screened in the Works in Progress section of the IFP’s Film Market. Her next feature, “Sorry Ain’t Enough,” was shot on the then new 24P technology and screened at several independent Film Festivals throughout the United States. Her last short film, The Talk, premiered at The Montreal International Black Film Festival, where Emily was invited to participate on a panel discussion about Independent Filmmaking. The Talk is currently enjoying a successful U.S. Festival Tour.
Emily resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing an MFA in Film & TV, is in post production on her current short, The Last Taboo, in production on a documentary and developing her next narrative fiction feature.