Uploaded on 8/9/2018


WINNER: 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Arts/Entertainment Programming
NOMINEE: 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Crafts Achievement: Photography

Emergence is a passion project that was created to tell the story of immigration through the use of movement and dance. Shot on mixed formats utilizing 35mm film and 4K, it is a true art project.


I am an immigrant.

In the fall of 1979 my mom, dad and I came to the United States with two suitcases and a dream. We dreamed that this wild, unknown country would provide us the opportunity to build a home and a future. Living in my aunt’s attic, we learned how to speak English listening to Harry Carey call the Cubs games on a little TV. There were many struggles, ups and downs chasing this dream, but we have made this country our home. This film is a love poem to America, the story of arriving somewhere gritty and raw and turning it into something beautiful, fueled with passion and creativity. I chose to express this through dance and music, because these are the universal languages all our hearts can understand.


Director: Rocco Cataldo
Director of Photography: Mike Kwielford
Producer: Mary Kay Cook

Technical Info

Shot on 35mm and 4K (Panasonic Varicam 35).

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