About Me

 

I direct, produce, and edit award-winning character-driven documentaries that explore how inspiring fringe communities interact with society at large.


I have delved into the worlds of skateboarders, migrant graffiti artists, and Dorset bus driving amateur-dramatic groups.

I began storytelling through conceptual art, experimenting with narrative through installations, video art, sound pieces, and performances during my time studying on the Foundation course at Central St Martins and then on the Fine Art BA course at Chelsea College of Arts. 

After graduating I moved to Brighton where I discovered the freedom of documentary filmmaking and skateboarding simultaneouslyI later went on to work with OTOXO Productions in Barcelona, directing 'Nuestro Muro' for Betevé, and I am now freelancing from the UK mainly with VICE.

 

As a director, I am drawn to capturing DIY spirit and youth culture. Whilst long-term projects are incubating I enjoy lending my filmmaking skills to producing content with a documentary flair for ethically-minded businesses.

As an editor, I have edited feature films, like Alien on Stage, music videos, online content for i-D and VICE and commercial content for clients such as Ecco, the ARIAS  and LaLa Tigers.

 

My work has screened on TV, won awards at international film festivals and features in The Rolling Stone, IndieWire, and the Guardian.

 

Whether in the role of director or editor I am most in my element when creating character-driven documentaries about joyful communities and unlikely heroes.

 In my free time you will most likely find me in your local cul-de-sac skating small curbs.

I'm always keen to collaborate with like-minded creatives, so please get in touch at: emilybadescu@gmail.com and we can organise a phone call.