Emily Topper was born and raised in Baltimore, earned a BA from Swarthmore College in Literature, and an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Topper began work in documentary as an intern at PBS, where she hovered around the camera team with envy. In subsequent years, she spent years training in lighting on Hollywood narrative films. Her cinematography feature credits include the 2015 Emmy winner for Best Documentary, After Tiller, The Departure, Ain't In it For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, All Fall Down, and Elemental. She also directed and produced All Fall Down, which premiered in competition at CPH: DOX in 2014. She is currently shooting a multi-year film about the effects of climate change on mountain farmers in the Andes of Peru.