Emily Troedson: Founder, Goat Song Films

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Emily Troedson founded Goat Song Films where she currently serves as president. Her debut feature film, Blue Balloons, which she also wrote, produced, acted in, and edited, premiered at the Twin Cities Film Fest in 2017 as part of the MN Women in Film and Television spotlight. She won the Woman in Film Award from the CARE Film Festival for her work on the film, and the script was named a quarter-finalist for the Act One Screenplay Competition.

A graduate of Bethel University, Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Education and briefly taught mythology and film at the nationally recognized Irondale High School. She began her filmmaking career as an actor and over the past decade has appeared in numerous commercials, features, and television shows, most notably the popular series, "Friday Night Lights," the Cannes selected short film, "Ends Runway," and the forthcoming feature from Joel Novoa, "The Nanny," in which she performed with Schuyler Fisk. She’s currently developing her next feature—a dark, mythological follow-up to her debut that deals with similar themes of grief, loss, and identity. She is an active member of Film Fatales and lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and their dog.

What do I do best?

I’m a very relational, perceptive person, so I think I work really well with a lot of different types of people because of that. I’m also very disciplined about my creative work. Establishing a self-imposed structure and holding myself to it is something I’m pretty good at.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Perseverance, empathy, grit, and laughter. Those qualities have propped me up many times in life. My friends and family too. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

What are my aspirations?

I love to travel and explore new places, so in general, seeing more of the world every year is a big personal goal, especially those off-the-beaten-path spots.

On a professional level, I want to write and direct films that leave an indelible mark on society and transform the way people think and view themselves. Work that is influential for generations to come. That’s what really drives me. I’d love to make at least one movie that has such an effect, if not an entire body of work...that would be the dream.

My Biggest Success?

Making my first feature film, Blue Balloons, on a shoestring budget of $10,000, then hearing the audience laugh and cry while watching it at the premiere. That was deeply satisfying.

My Most Challenging Moment?

Losing my mother to cancer. It’s shaped me in a profound way. Make every day count, she used to say, and I like to carry that with me.

My Motto?

The writing of Joseph Campbell has had a significant influence on me and there’s a quote of his that I love: Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open for you where you didn’t know they were going to be.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

I’m inspired by people who are authentic and unconventional. My mom and dad taught me the value of generosity, hard work, and taking risks. I have the most fun with my husband. I’m a huge admirer of Frances McDormand.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Growing up in northern Minnesota, I spent a lot of time outdoors, so being at a cabin or a boat on a Minnesota lake during the summer is ideal. Also, sitting around a campfire with good friends. And Negril, Jamaica. I love Jamaica.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I'm a big advocate for public libraries, so definitely my library card. Notebooks that fold or lay flat and easily fit in my purse, a cookbook my mother gave me, and those spruce candles that are really popular around the holidays.

My Current Passions?

Mythology and anything having to do with ancient rituals or religions, street photography, Animal Collective, Hieronymus Bosch, Lynne Ramsay, power walks around my neighborhood, and baking bread in my bread machine.