Cinematographer. Foodie. Traveler. Hailing from Wichita, Kansas by the way of Quito, Ecuador, Emilia Mendieta Córdova is an Ecuadorian-American Cinematographer with a passion for traveling, food, and storytelling. She has a B.A. from Vassar College in Film Production and Chinese Language and Culture and an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory. While at AFI, Emilia shot 4 short films including her thesis film AKA AMBER and her 35mm Visual Essay SIZZLE. She’s shot a number of corporate videos for LINQ, Runa Tea, NACLA, TwinSpark Racing (in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland), and OPIN Pets as well as two short documentaries “Loud and Proud: Peter Westbrook Foundation” and “Marching to the Music”. She currently is an active commercial, narrative, and documentary Cinematographer splitting her time between projects in Quito, Ecuador and Los Angeles, California. She is also an Adjunct Professor teaching digital cinematography techniques at UDLA (Universidad de las Américas) and at filmmaking seminars in Quito where she hopes to revolutionize Ecuadorian cinema’s approach to digital filmmaking.
Emilia is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese), a classically-trained cellist, and a culinary arts enthusiast.