EMerge

After suffering from depression, anger and nearly dying from an illness, E.M. Watson tells a metaphorical story of how he overcame his dark past. Throughout this allegorical film, you as the audience will dive deep into E.M. Watson's state of mind within a 3 year time period spanning from 2014 - 2017. Using a fictional character named Lyn, E.M. Watson illustrates how honesty, persistence and love can be the antidote to permanent suffering.

  • Daniel Espeut
    Director
    GreasePaint, Raised in the South of Normal, Don't Be Judgin' Me, Forty Miles to Macon
  • Estebon Watson
    Writer
  • Estebon Watson
    Producer
  • Daniel Espeut
    Producer
    GreasePaint, Raised in the South of Normal, Don't Be Judgin' Me, Forty Miles to Macon
  • Estebon Watson
    Key Cast
    Don't Be Judgin' Me
  • Leona Ortiz
    Key Cast
  • Jaidi Ventura
    Key Cast
    Step Up Revolution, Nashville
  • Ben Smith
    Key Cast
    Living Vee, National Enquirer Investigates, Justice: By Any Means, Age of Ice, Nashville
  • Jenna Kanell
    Key Cast
    The Bye Bye Man, Terrifier, Holden On, Shots Fired, Misfortune, The Vampire Diaries, Drop Dead Diva
  • Valentina Ferrari
    Key Cast
    The Rescue, Under The Gun, D.A.T. Life Decisions After Temptation
  • Nastassia Johnson
    Key Cast
    Summer of Hearts, Superhero Central, Eric Vence Green Presents, Fighting Angels: Exodus
  • Molly Loch
    Key Cast
    Dawn of the Angels, Valerie, Karma's Shadow
  • Anna Easton
    Key Cast
  • Lynn McArthur
    Key Cast
    Lumber Baron of Jasper County, Angry Kelly, Atheist's Dinner Party, Swamp Murders, The Originals, Drop Dead Diva
  • Nick Cannon
    Director of Photography
    Don't Be Judgin' Me
  • Daniel Espeut
    Editor
    GreasePaint, Raised in the South of Normal, Don't Be Judgin' Me, Forty Miles to Macon
  • E. M. Watson (Estebon Watson)
    Music Composer
    GreasePaint, Raised in the South of Normal
  • Justin Daniel
    Sound Designer
    Raised in the South of Normal
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Musical
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2017 2nd Annual KAPOW Intergalactic Film Festival
    Hollywood, California
    United States
    November 13, 2017
    West Coast USA Film Festival Premiere
    WINNER Best Experimental Film
Director Biography - Daniel Espeut

Born and raised in Georgia, Daniel Espeut has been producing unique cinematic productions for many years. He discovered his passion for directing motion pictures while he was attending Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia. By his senior year, he received six AECT International Student Media Festival awards and a media internship position with ZDF, one of Europe’s largest broadcast television networks located in Mainz, Germany. In 2009, he became a Cum Laude graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television. Shortly after his college graduation, he began to self-fund his first feature film, GreasePaint. The film had it’s world premiere at the 2013 1st Annual Gwinnett Center International Film Festival and received the “Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film”. In 2014, Mr. Espeut’s filmmaking career soared when GreasePaint was named an “Official Selection” of the 16th Annual Sarasota Film Festival and the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival. It was at Bare Bones where Mr. Espeut became the first documentary filmmaker in the history of the festival to win one of their most prestigious awards, Indie Auteur of the Year. The following year, Mr. Espeut produced and directed another documentary short, Raised in the South of Normal. The short went on to win the 12th Annual Rome International Film Festival "Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film”, 17th Annual Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival Award for "Best Documentary Short" and the 3rd Annual Milledgeville Film Festival Award for "Best Georgia Film”. He has also won many awards for music videos as well and continues to thrive in his career as a full-time filmmaker.

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Director Statement

As I continue my filmmaking journey, I find more and more that my calling is to bring the arts and artists of Georgia into the spotlight through all forms of media. E.M. Watson’s "EMerge" is an opportunity to dive into the mind of an artist and visual portray some of the deepest and darkest demons in a way that inspires others. Music and Film are great forms of storytelling. Merging the two creates wonderful works of art, especially when exploring the darkest parts of our minds. I always try to explore new techniques with each project and observe the audiences’ reactions. With our present visual-centric culture, the mainstream seems to promote negativity. Myself and Espeute Productions want to promote positivity and produce uplifting stories, even while using dark motifs.