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Welcome to

Evil Monster Dog

I'm Emma Needell

Director

Writer

World Builder

I grew up on a solar-powered cattle ranch in rural Colorado, and filled the long, lonely hours with movies, computer games, and my imagination. I created epic worlds to replace the real world that I felt so distant from.

 

When I was 24 years old, my original screenplay THE WATER MAN caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who came onboard to produce the project. Since then I've worked with Oscar-winning directors and producers, including Steven Spielberg and Ava Duvernay.

EVIL MONSTER DOG is my company, where I work as a writer, director, and world builder in multiple mediums. I gravitate toward stories that are "evil with a heart": dark in tone, plot, or theme with a throughline of hope.

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My original screenplay THE WATER MAN was featured on the prestigious Hollywood Blacklist before being made into a film. 

The film premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. It had a summer theatrical run in 2021 before being picked up by Netflix. Watch it HERE.

Financed/produced by ShivHans Pictures. Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey (and me). Directed by David Oyelowo.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 78% rating.

Press

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Forbes 30 Under 30

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Film Forums / Screenwriter Emma Needell: From evening class to working with Oprah Winfrey

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Script Magazine / INTERVIEW: ‘The Water Man’ Screenwriter Emma Needell

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Denver Post / Screenwriter Emma Needell draws on Colorado childhood for “The Water Man”

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Arts & Sciences Magazine / Riding a Dream from Hopkins to Hollywood