Emily the Criminal

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Emily is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a middleman named Youcef. Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced not only by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black market capitalism, but also by her ardent mentor Youcef.

Screening Schedule

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Direction: John Patton Ford
Script: John Patton Ford
Cinematography: Jeff Bierman
Editing: Harrison Atkins
Sound: Martín Hernández, Jaime Sainz Cuevas, Roland N. Thai
Music: Nathan Halpern
Actors: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gina Gershon
Production: Low Spark Films
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Aubrey Plaza, Drew Sykes
Co-producers: Katie Sanders
Costumes: Amanda Wing Yee Lee
Production Design: Liz Toonkel
Executive producer: Kevin Flanigan, Dexter Braff, Angus Wall, Kent Kubena, Lowell Shapiro, Mike Dill
Make Up: Renae Goodhew
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 97΄
Contact: Park Circus
Awards/Distinctions: Jury Prize for Best Feature Film & Best Actress – Annapolis Film Festival 2022

John Patton Ford

Born and raised in South Carolina, John worked as a television editor before earning an MFA from the American Film Institute. His thesis film Patrol premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and made it to the shortlist for the 2011 Academy Awards. Since then, he’s directed commercials for brands like Toyota, Audi, Pepsi, and Tide, while developing feature projects. He’s also a writer, mostly known for the film Rothchild (currently in development). Emily the Criminal is his first feature film.


2010 Patrol (short)
2022 Emily the Criminal