"There is another world, but it is inside this one." 

— Paul Eluard

Emma Elizabeth Tillman was born in Santa Barbara, California. She attended the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelor of Art in Literature and Writing. 

In 2014 Tillman graduated at the top of her class with a Masters of Fine Art degree in Film Directing from the UCLA School of Film, Theater, and Television.

In addition to writing and directing films, Tillman is a fine art photographer and diarist. Her forthcoming book Disco Ball Soul, is a collection of diary entries with photographs spanning the last 10 years. 

Tillman and her husband, Josh currently live and work in Los Angeles.


b. 1986

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA 


2014 University of California, Los Angeles School of Film, Theater, and Television MFA Film Directing

2008 University of California, Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies BFA Literature 


2018 (Forthcoming) Casa Lu Artist Residency, Tlalpan, Mexico City, September

2015 Villa Lena Artists’ Residency, Tuscany, Italy, October 

Solo Exhibitions 

2017 Disco Ball Soul, Gallery 46, Whitechapel, London

Group Exhibitions 

2014 Monochrome, 5672 York, Los Angeles 

2012 Dust, Seven Emerging Photographers under 30, Gallery 533, Los Angeles 

Publications / Reviews / Articles 

2018 Autre Magazine, Disco Ball Soul Article on Artist, by Mazzy Mae Green

2017 The Guardian, Arts & Design, by Mee-Lai Stone 

2017 AnOther Magazine, How to Use Photography as a Tool for Self Exploration, by Sophie Bew 

2017 So it Goes Magazine, review of exhibition 

2017 Violet Book Magazine, photo editorial

2016 So it Goes Magazine, photo editorial 


2017 Disco Ball Soul, Book of personal photography and collage 2008 - 2016 


2018 The Wheel, (Forthcoming) Short Film 

2013 The History of Caves, Short Film 

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