Emmanuelle Schick Garcia
|Emmanuelle Schick Garcia|
Emmanuelle Schick Garcia
UCLA (B.A. Art History),
UCLA (M.F.A. Film Production/Directing),Université de Paris I/La Sorbonne (Master 2 Droit, économie et gestion de l'audiovisuel)
|Occupation||Writer, director, producer|
Emmanuelle Schick Garcia was born in the south of France to a Spanish mother and a Canadian father. At the age of three her family moved to Vancouver, Canada where she grew up. Her father, Doug Schick, was a professional rugby player who competed for teams in Wales and France, and represented Canada in international competitions.
Emmanuelle was a seven time Spanish Junior Swim Champion and record holder. As of 2013, she still holds club records in Canada and Spain and in the region of Valencia. She was a world ranked swimmer at the age of fifteen and represented Spain at the 8 Nations Cup (1992) in Sweden and the European Junior Swimming Championships (1992) in England. She competed for CN Ferca (Valencia), Real Canoe NC (Madrid) and Club Natacio Sabadell (Catalunya) in three Spanish Olympic Trials finals (1992, 1996, 2000) before retiring in 2000.
She began directing plays at the age of 16, one of which was staged at Vancouver's Theatre Festival. At eighteen, she earned a swimming scholarship to University of California, Los Angeles where she received a B.A. in Art History. During her time at UCLA she was also a student-athlete activist and a journalist for the Daily Bruin.
She was awarded "Outstanding UCLA Swimming Freshman" in 1996 and the UCLA swim team "Bruin Pride" award in 1998 and 1999. She was ranked sixth all-time in the 200 IM and eighth in the 400 IM on UCLA's all time best times in 1996, and was the swim team co-captain in 1999. She was featured in a 2000 TAG Heuer watch campaign.
In 2003 she was awarded the Motion Picture Association of America Award and the Mary Pickford Award for Excellence in documentary filmmaking. Her UCLA thesis film La Petite Morte won three film festival awards for Best Documentary  and one nomination for Best Documentary.
Her films Cancer and A Safe Place were screened as official selections at Les Films du Monde, Montreal. She directed the 'making of' Richard Bohringer's C'est Beau Une Ville La Nuit, and 20 Ans Déjà with French rugby star Denis Charvet. In 2009 she wrote, directed and coproduced (with Laila Tahhar) the feature length documentary The Idiot Cycle which won the 2010 Green Report Award.
She appears as "Françoise" in Juliana Hatfield's memoir "When I Grow Up". She was a member of the Canadian experimental band Japanese Pop Songs who were named one of Vancouver's best unsigned bands in 2007.