Zemma Productions was formed in 2014 by Zach Marion and Emma Kragen during their final year of graduate film school at UCLA.
Writer / Director / Producer
I am an LA transplant from Northern Minnesota with an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA and a BFA in Film Production from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I am two-time recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Award.
Before moving to LA in 2012, I served as the Head of TV Development for Video Arts Studios in Fargo, North Dakota. While there, I produced Births Beyond Belief, an hour-long documentary on home-birth. The show premiered on Discovery Health in June 2009.
My most recent film, Family Unit screened as an official selection at LA Shorts Fest, the Hollywood Film Festival, and the Pasadena International Film Festival. For my work on the film, I was given the "Best Director of Actors" Award at the 2015 UCLA Film Festival. The film was designated as Honorable Mention at the Fargo Film Festival, where I received the Rusty Casselton Award for excellence in student filmmaking.
Cinematographer / Producer
I am an LA native with an MFA in Cinematography from UCLA and a BA in American Studies from UC Berkeley. I am a recipient of both the Motion Picture Association of America Award and the Lisa Wiegand Fellowship in Cinematography. Recently , I was featured in Variety's 110 Students to Watch.
In 2014, I traveled to Antarctica with environmentalist Robert Swan and his organization, 2041, to film a short documentary and video blog for UCLA. I am currently in pre-production on a feature adaptation of James Franco's novel, Actor's Anonymous, that is being produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions and James Franco.
I was first introduced to the film industry when a book I wrote at age 7, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, was made into a feature-length film in 2003. The book has since gone on to sell over 600,000 copies worldwide. In 2012, the film spawned a sequel distributed by Sony Pictures. During production of the first film, I shot a behind-the-scenes documentary that was included on the DVD. From this experience, I knew I wanted to make films.