Russ Emanuel


Russ Emanuel
Director of 2016 Best Sci-Fi Feature Film “Occupants”

DG: What is your name and company URL?

RE: My name is Russ Emanuel and my company name is Russem Productions (

DG: What is your specialty…filmmaking or screenwriting?

RE: Filmmaking is my specialty –directing.

DG: What are you currently working on?

RE: I am currently working on the action film The Assassin’s Apprentice which will shoot in early December, starring Tarah Paige, Robert Picardo, and Marina Sirtis.

DG: Wow! You’ve been busy! Who do you consider your mentor and why?

RE: I would say Professor Richard Friedman at the UCLA Extension Program. He is the one who made me think seriously about the production aspects of filmmaking.

DG: Nice. Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?

RE: Because people love to see what is possible, including the horrific and fantastical aspects of life.

DG: very true! What do you love most about this business?

RE: I love meeting fellow filmmakers and seeing what we are all capable of doing when working together. That’s what make filmmaking an artistic and worthwhile venture.

DG: That is so very true! What do you dislike most about this business?

RE: To be honest, it’s more of a critique of Los Angeles, but I hate the parking situation here. And Hollywood is located in Los Angeles, so it’s a necessary evil!

DG: LOL too funny! I know, when I’m meeting a friend I always ask what’s the parking like? What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

RE: “Occupants” and “Girl With Gun” are my best films to date. And honestly, the Shriekfest award is definitely the highlight of my filmmaking career.

DG: AWW, thank you! I love that! Well, you deserve it! Any advice you’d like to give newbies?

RE: Just take the plunge and don’t give up.

DG: Great advice! Anything else you’d like to say?

RE: Thank you to Shriekfest again for the “Occupants” win for ‘Best Sci-Fi Feature’. It was an honor to just be included in the Shriekfest family let alone win.

DG: The honor is all mine! Thank you so much for making our 2016 extra special! It was great chatting!