Emily Hubley’s films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was in the first class of Annenberg Film Fellows named by the Sundance Institute. Ms. Hubley has been making animated shorts for forty years. Her hand-drawn films explore personal memory and the turbulence of emotional life.

Hubley’s feature, THE TOE TACTIC, was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters’ and Filmmakers’ Labs. THE TOE TACTIC had its theatrical premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and was released on DVD by Kino International. The film screened at many prestigious film festivals including SXSW, New Directors/New Films and the San Francisco and Rio de Janiero International Film Festivals.

Ms. Hubley recently created a series of animated segments for ON MY WAY TO WHERE, Julia Greenberg’s documentary about the singer/songwriter Dory Previn. 

Her newest short, In the Eyes of the Worm (in-production), with design, words and narration by Max Rosenthal and music by Georgia Hubley, is about a man out walking while he considers his place in the universe.

Hubley’s short film, Faithy, hey (2019) premiered at the Montclair Film Festival and screened at the Provincetown International Film Festival ─where Hubley created that year’s festival bumper─ and at the Animation Block Party at BAM. Hubley’s previous film, BRAINWORM BILLY (2018), was included in that year’s Black Maria Festival and (along with Faithy, hey) showed in the 2019 Short Order program at the Alamo Drafthouse Theaters.

Many of Hubley’s shorts ─including OCTAVE, PIGEON WITHIN, THE TOWER, HER GRANDMOTHER’S GIFT, DELIVERY MAN, and ONE SELF: FISH/GIRL─ have been screened at a variety of museums and festivals including The Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the Hiroshima International Film Festival, Rooftop Films, the Southern Circuit Tour and SXSW. ONE SELF: FISH/GIRL was recently licensed to Showtime.

Hubley’s company, Hubbub Inc., created short form series for Nickelodeon and Lifetime. Ms. Hubley created the animated sequences for John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hubley has animated inserts for documentaries, including Blue Vinyl, The Boy In The Bubble, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Danny Says and Vessel. She animated Dear Trump Voter for Inequality Media. And in 2012, Ms. Hubley provided animation for Motherhood Out Loud, a play presented at Hartford Stage, the Geffen Playhouse and Primary Stages in NYC. Hubley has made music videos for Yo La Tengo, James Williamson, Kate Vargas, and the dB’s, among others.

A daughter of pioneer animators Faith and John Hubley, Emily Hubley worked on Faith Hubley’s films at The Hubley Studio, Inc. from 1977 to 2001. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 1980.


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