Russ Emanuel

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Russ Emanuel
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BornCalifornia, US
OccupationIndependent filmmaker and director
EducationUniversity of Southern California

Russell "Russ" Emanuel is an American director, producer, and independent filmmaker.

Emanuel founded Russem Productions, a Los Angeles based production company in 2002, through which he has produced and directed short and feature-length films.

Early life[edit]

Emanuel was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in both Japan and the United States.[1]

Emanuel attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with an emphasis in film studies, international relations, and Japanese.[citation needed]


Emanuel's first films were shorts, including Her Knight (2003) and Girl with Gun (2006).[2][3] In 2007, Emanuel produced his first feature film, P.J..[4] Emanuel subsequently directed the feature film Chasing the Green (2009),[5][6] starring William Devane, and The Legends of Nethiah (2012) starring John Heard and Robert Picardo. His 2015 horror feature film Occupants, also starring Picardo, screened at film festivals including Shriekfest 2016.[7][8]


Emanuel directed and produced the documentary film Restoration of Paradise (2014), about the history of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, which has at different times been a Native American settlement, President Teddy Roosevelt's Gun Club, and a World War II home for artillery batteries.[9][10] The documentary was narrated by Robert Picardo.[11]


Year Title Role Note
2003 The Failures Assistant to Producer (feature film)
2003 Her Knight Producer, Director, Writer (short film)
2004 The Diary Producer (short film)
2005 Mavet Producer (short film)
2006 Girl with Gun Producer, Director (short film)
2007 The Rapture Associate Producer (feature film)
Perfect Red Producer (short film)
2008 Heaven's Messenger (original title P.J.) Producer, Director (feature film)
2009 Chasing the Green Director (feature film)
2010 Cult 11 Producer - 4 episodes, Director - 2 episodes: "Nurse Janet's Happy Place", "Make-Up Time, Mr. President" (web series)
2012 The Legends of Nethiah Director (feature film)
2013 The Meeting Director, Editor - 2 episodes: "Tales from the Curbside: A Prairie Homeless Companion", "A Savage Meeting" (web series)
2014 Restoration of Paradise Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor (documentary)
2015 Occupants Director (feature film)
2017 Collar Producer, Director (short film)
2018 The Assassin's Apprentice Director (short film)
Allegedly Producer (short film)
The Meeting Director, Editor - 2 episodes: "A Not So Funny Meeting", "Meeting Clapit" (web series)
2019 American Wisper (original title Wisper) Director (feature film)
2020 Lighter Than Air Producer (short film)
Routine Director (short film)
2022 The Assassin's Apprentice 2: Silbadores of the Canary Islands Director (short film)
2023 Staycation Producer, Director (feature film)


  1. ^ Novack, Van (November 12, 2008). "'P.J.' reflects change in many lives". Huntington Beach Independent. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  2. ^ "Girl with Gun - Two Reviews in One". Comic Book Bin, By Tony Farinella & Christopher Moshier Aug 27, 2006
  3. ^ "Short Film Critique: Girl with Gun". Micro Filmmaker, November 15, 2006 Reviewed By: Monika DeLeeuw-Taylor
  4. ^ Handler, Amy R. "P.J., an Interview with Filmmaker Russ Emmanuel". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01.
  5. ^ "Review: ‘Chasing the Green’". Variety, Andrew Barker April 20, 2009
  6. ^ "Movie Reviews: American Violet, Crank: High Voltage, Sleep Dealer". LA Weekly, April 16, 2009
  7. ^ "'Occupants' (Shriekfest 2016): Couple Confronts Terror from a Parallel Reality". Gruesome Magazine, November 25, 2016 by Joseph Perry
  8. ^ "Pearson set to be the Opening Night Gala of the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL on April 27". The Fan Carpet, 20 April 2017.
  9. ^ Langthorn, Daniel (September 22, 2014). "Filmmaker gives Bolsa Chica its close-up in Documentary". Orange County Register.
  10. ^ "'Restoration of Paradise' to Screen October 4 at the SoCal Film Festival in HB" (PDF). The Tern Tide. Amigos de Bolsa Chica. 38 (3): 7. Fall 2014.
  11. ^ Booth, Paul. "SoCal Film Festival 2014". Influx Magazine.

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