Emily Lane is a lifetime Arkansan who is fascinated by human nature and world cultures, and these two things are the primary reasons why she chose to become a filmmaker. Since earning her Master’s Degree in 2010, she has been working on various feature documentaries and freelance projects. In late 2010, she found a new calling as a community activist and educator, and she uses her skills as a filmmaker to engage others in the community. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for Faulkner County Concerned Citizens Advisory Group. She is also Assistant Director of Stop Arkansas Fracking, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the environment and people from the negative impacts of the natural gas industry and the process of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. She is currently making a feature documentary about fracking in Arkansas. The film is in post-production and is expected to be released in the Spring of 2013.
What are you doing now professionally?
Currently I serve as Assistant Director of Stop Arkansas Fracking, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the people and environment from the negative impacts of the natural gas industry in Arkansas. I also work as a freelance filmmaker, writer, and public speaker. I am currently making a feature documentary about the impact of the gas industry in Arkansas; it should be released in the Spring of 2013.
What books, artwork or other movies have inspired you, overall or recently?
Most recently, I have been inspired by the book “Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality” by Anthony De Mello. And though I despised Sacha Baron Cohen’s film “Borat,” I was quite impressed by the social commentary in his film “The Dictator.” I am constantly inspired by the visual artwork of Canadian artist Chris Dyer and Arkansas artist Katie Wood.
Who are some early mentors or teachers that have inspired you?
I am fortunate to have had many mentors throughout my life. In no particular order: Calvin & Susan Lane, Robbie & Judy Harkrider, Morita Almond, Huixia Lu, Dobie Love, Emily Harris
What is the most helpful professional advice you have received?
Simply, do what you love; love what you do.
How did your experience at UCA help shape your professional career?
My experience at UCA helped me gain confidence in my skills, network with others, and express myself creatively. All of these things shape my career and life today.
What is your dream project?
My dream project is to make a film that changes the world for the better, and I’m hoping my current project will achieve this goal.