Kayla Emter was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in film. Wanting to continue honing her craft she moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute, with a specialty in Film Editing. Following her time at AFI, Kayla began her career as an assistant editor working on such acclaimed films as Casey Affleck’s I’m Still Here starring as well as the romantic comedy Something Borrowed directed by Luke Greenfield.
Emter’s first break came on the film Gone, where, having been elevated to additional editor, she was given the opportunity to show off her editing ability. Working with editor John Axelrad she co-edited James Grey’s Cannes film The Immigrant distributed by The Weinstein Company and then worked with Axelrad again on Don Cheadle’s critically acclaimed Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead which premiered at multiple film festivals including Sundance and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.
Kayla went on to cut the most recent Lorene Scafaria dramedy The Meddler, which premiered at TIFF and starred Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons and Rose Byrne. After completing that film, Emter went to help out on the Sundance film The Land directed by Steven Caple Jr. as well as the Karen Moncrief directed film The Keeping Hours from Blumhouse and Universal.
Kayla just wrapped Lake Bell’s sophomore directorial feature What’s The Point? Which starred Lake Bell, Ed Helms and Mary Steenburgen.
Name: Kayla Emter
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
What's the Point?
Film (Comedy) Editor An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony.
Film (Drama) Editorial department THE LAND tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local Queen-pin, their motley brotherhood is tested, threatening to make this summer their last.
Film (Thriller) Editor RIDE is a cautionary tale aimed at a technology-obsessed society. When James, an Uber driver, and his passenger, Jessica, pick up the charismatic but manipulative Bruno, a normal night out in LA becomes a psychological war for survival.
The Keeping Hours
Film (Drama, Horror, Romance and Thriller) Editorial department A supernatural love story that centers on a couple whose life together falls apart after their son dies. The man, now a successful lawyer, and the woman, now married and an author, get a chance at reconciliation 10 years later.
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editor An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Film (Biography, Drama, Music and Romance) Editor An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.
Television (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editorial department The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco.
Film (Short and Horror) Editor Kids aren't the only ones who should fear things that go bump in the night.
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Editor 'Seven Minutes' is the story of three friends, Sam, Mike and Owen, forced by circumstance to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan - 'in and out in seven minutes' - quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death. As each minute of the robbery unfolds, the stakes are pushed higher and higher. In the final act, Sam's pregnant girlfriend Kate is kidnapped, escalating the situation even further and pressing our heroes to do whatever they can to make it out alive. Written by Anonymous
Television (Comedy and Drama) Editorial department A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.
May in the Summer
Film (Comedy and Drama) Editorial department High off the success of her first book and planning to marry ZIAD, her sensible, stable and studious fiance, MAY BRENNAN has it all. At least that's what she'd like people to believe. Reunited with her family in Amman, she's thrust back into the chaos of her former existence. Her headstrong mother NADINE, a born-again Christian disapproves of her Muslim fiance so thoroughly she plans to boycott the wedding. Her younger sisters DALIA and YASMINE behave like her children. And her estranged father EDWARD is suddenly and suspiciously interested in making amends. As her wedding day looms, May finds herself more and more confronted by the trauma of her parents divorce. And soon, her once carefully structured life spins hopelessly out of control. Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama and Romance) Editor 1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. Written by Wild Bunch
Film (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Editorial department When her sister disappears, Jill is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor. Written by Anonymous
Film (Horror and Thriller) Editor A young girl bravely travels up to her dead Aunts cabin for creative inspiration. Marie gets more than she bargained for, when she soon realizes she is not alone. Confronted by evil spirits, she is forced to fight for her life.
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editorial department Rachel is a lawyer. When she was in law school she fell for another student, Dex, who comes from an affluent family, but she was too shy to say anything. When Dex meets her best friend Darcy, who sometimes treats her like dirt, Darcy makes a move on Dex and gets him. Eventually, they get engaged and Darcy asks Rachel to be her Maid of Honor. However, Rachel still has feelings for Dex and still can't say anything. Darcy throws her a birthday party and Dex is there. When she and Dex are alone she blurts out that she had a thing for him in college which surprised him, and after drinking a little they spend the night together. They try to forget the whole thing and agree that it means nothing. Ethan, Rachel's close friend, tells her that she'll spend her entire life regretting that if she does nothing. Written by email@example.com
I'm Still Here
Film (Comedy, Drama and Music) Editorial department In 2008 while rehearsing for a charity event, actor Joaquin Phoenix, with Casey Affleck's camera watching, tells people he's quitting to pursue a career in rap music. Over the next year, we watch the actor write, rehearse, and perform to an audience. He importunes Sean Combs in hopes he'll produce the record. We see the actor in his home: he parties, smokes, bawls out his two-man entourage, talks philosophy with Affleck, and comments on celebrity. Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film (Short, Action, Comedy and Fantasy) Editor Hold your breath in a unique world where a friendship is tested and a battle to survive drowns you from your reality.
Film (Short) Editor Alfred T. Banks, a genius artist and scientist, is forced to choose between the two passions and women he loves, when his groundbreaking experiment takes him dangerously beyond science.
The MisInventions of Milo Weatherby
Film (Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family and 1 More) Editor While working on his new invention the "Reverse Microwave", Milo Weatherby soon discovers that he has accidentally created a time machine. Convinced by his best friend, Levi Donaldson, the two embark on a mission through time to switch a homework assignment in order to prevent themselves from getting caught cheating. Written by anonymous
Film (Drama and Romance) Editorial department A holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly man discovering love for the first time.
Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Editor Tension builds to a boil in the sweltering heat of Dockweiler Beach. The Duke, an ex-con who heads up maintenance, sees himself as a savior to the men he hires fresh out of prison. But the arrival of a new employee brings with it hostility and violence that force The Duke to confront old demons and his shocking past. Written by Anonymous
The Small Assassin
Film (Short, Mystery and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew The year is 1947, and Alice (Lois Atkins) and David (David Marcotte) have just given birth to their first child. When Alice slips into postpartum depression, David seeks the advice of their Doctor (Robert Breuler), who assures him that she will eventually come around. But as time passes Alice's depression takes a turn for the worse, and she becomes convinced that the baby is conspiring against her. David must decide if his wife is loosing her mind, or if the child is plotting their doom. 'The Small Assassin' is based on the short story by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. Written by Beverly Ridge Pictures
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Film (Comedy) Editor High school, road trips, and the lost art of pool cleaning. In the vein of classic 80s teen comedies, BROKE follows the adventures of four friends who try to plan a weekend trip to Canada. Marshall Tucker has just survived the last day of his junior year of high school. To celebrate, he and his three best friends plan to head north of the border to Canada for the weekend. However, the venture soon takes a turn for the worse when Marshall's trusty Chevy Nova dies during their departure. Their solution; convince their friend Vern to take his parents minivan while they're away for a week on a shady religious retreat. Before the group even gets out of Chicago, they end up in a bizarre car accident, wrecking the minivan. Now it's up to them to find a way to raise a thousand dollars to fix the van before Vern's parents return home. Written by Bill Whirity
Film (Short, Action and Drama) Editor Two former lovers are reunited by a mysterious matchmaker, only to find themselves trapped in a game of life and death.
Film (Short, Comedy and Family) Editor Two worlds collide when a teenager and a boy open competing lemonade stands across the street from each other. This bitter rivalry escalates to a dangerous level, but which entrepreneur will emerge from this battle victorious?
American Film Institute Conservatory (Los Angeles, CA)
Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL)