Director BIO: Emily Ruhl (BLUE MOON)

Emily was thirteen when she was scouted while attending the shows at New York Fashion Week. Shortly thereafter, the Dallas native signed her first modeling contract in Tokyo. She later returned to NYC to sign with top modeling agency Marilyn Management. She has appeared in Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, WWD, Seventeen Magazine, Nylon, Oyster Magazine, Elle Canada, and Flare Canada amongst many others. She has modeled for many cosmetic companies including Smashbox, Too Faced, KKW Beauty, OUAI, and MAC Cosmetics. Emily first starred opposite Nicholas Hoult in Drake Doremus’ feature film NEWNESS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also made a cameo appearance in Troian Bellisario’s short film, LIFE ON MARS. BLUE MOON is her producing, directorial, and writing debut. Additionally, she co-wrote and produced the theme song to BLUE MOON titled HER.

Director Statement

BLUE MOON is inspired by my best friend’s journey, as she’s recently honored her sexuality and begun dating women. Through hearing about her experience, I decided I wanted to write a story that encompasses all love. And thus, BLUE MOON was born. The initial concept was three minutes long and I was going to shoot it on my iPhone. This is the first thing I’ve ever written outside of English class, let alone directed. Honestly, I’m as shocked as you are.

When I was nineteen, I told my mom I was not going to go to business school. I was going to join the three ring circus that is show business. This film is solely financed by what would have been my college fund. Instead of sending a check to Penn State, I sent one to Panavision.

I’ve spent half of my lifetime on the other side of the camera. Writing and directing BLUE MOON has been the first time I’ve felt like I have a voice. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for listening. – Emily Ruhl


By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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