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Emily Ullrich is a writer, artist, filmmaker, actor, activist, and occasional stand-up comedian. She was a professor of filmmaking and Communication Arts at the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati, and at Georgia Southern University. She created her own non-profit in 2009, called Nairobi Film Institute, and moved to Kenya to teach filmmaking in the slums of Kenya. She lived and worked there until 2011, becoming one with Kenyan people and culture. For thirteen years, Emily lived and worked in Savannah, GA.  She was the Creative Content Producer for Urban Planet Mobile where she wrote, directed, and produced audio and video. She also co-owns a production company, called Pink Squirrel Productions. In addition, Emily worked for Food and Style networks, and on a number of commercials, videos, and feature films. Emily has a Master’s Degree from Antioch University in Writing, Acting, and Directing for Stage and Screen, and a BFA in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduating from SCAD, Ullrich lived in New York City, where she worked on a number of feature films and commercials, was an Editor's Assistant at HBO, and a Script Reader at Open City Films. Currently, Emily writes for a number of blogs and print publications, and serves on the board of Boxgirls Kenya, and as the Director of Girls Empowerment for Kibera Messengers (an NGO in one of the world's largest slums, where she lived for some months, in Nairobi, Kenya). Recently, she co-founded her second non-profit venture, GATE (Global Awareness and Travel Enthusiasts). GATE promotes, provides backing for, and collaborates with grassroots associations which are powerful forces in their communities. The groups GATE supports are using the tools of education and empowerment to make great strides in social change in impoverished and culturally unjust areas throughout the world. Some of the humanitarian issues that GATE is dedicated to are: health enlightenment, education efforts, equality endeavors, social and governmental rehabilitation, and reform.

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