Hailing from Wichita, Kansas by the way of Quito, Ecuador, Emilia Marie Mendieta Córdova (em2c) is an Ecuadorian-American Cinematographer with a passion for traveling, food, and storytelling. She has a B.A. from Vassar College in Film Studies and Chinese Studies and an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.

Emilia currently is an active commercial, narrative, and documentary Cinematographer splitting her time between projects in California (Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the SF/Bay Area) and Quito, Ecuador. She has shot a number of short films including CODE_SWITCH, AKA AMBER, SIZZLE, BYE BYE BUTTERFLY, EMMA, and TOMÁS, and completed two feature films TO THE NEW GIRL and HOTEL REFINEMENT and a feature documentary RASGOS. On the commercial side, she has shot two spec ads for Cadillac and Corvette (GREATNESS WITHIN, DADDY’S GIRL), has ample experience shooting top-down food videos for TASTY (Buzzfeed), has shot 5+ music videos, and produces and shoots promos, digital content, and a short-form food show for ABC10 (KXTV).

Emilia is also involved in academia as a Professor teaching cinematography and audiovisual production at the department of TV and Digital Media Production at USFQ (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), and has previously taught at UDLA (Universidad de las Américas). She previously worked as the Cinematography Coordinator at the AFI Conservatory where she helped run the 35mm Visual Essay Program and the Cinematography Intensive for Women Program. She has also taught workshops in Digital Cinematography Workflow and LUT Design as a guest lecturer at UNO (University of New Orleans) and the AFI Conservatory.

Emilia is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese), a classically-trained cellist, amateur Python coder, culinary arts enthusiast, and a massive Star Wars fan. She is also a collaborator on Tish Lampert’s upcoming book “I PROTEST: To Create An America We Can Believe In” that documents the history of first amendment rights protesting in the USA in the past 20 years.

Emilia is a member of the ICFC (International Collective of Female Cinematographers).