About

Who We Are

Emergence Films is a Film and TV development and production company based in the US and UK that is committed to supporting female-identifying filmmakers and underrepresented storytellers around the world. We aim to explore new ways to tell stories that showcase strong, complex and multidimensional women.

We believe it’s time for diverse and inclusive perspectives to emerge more strongly in the entertainment industry, and we are committed to helping make this a reality.

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The Team

Sienna Beckman

(she/they)
Co-Founder
Sienna Beckman is a producer committed to supporting female-identifying filmmakers and underrepresented storytellers around the world. Working in LA for 10 years, Sienna produced content for NBCUniversal, Scott Free Productions, Verizon go90, Esquire TV, Refinery29, Prettybird Entertainment, Astronauts Wanted, and Disney Maker Studios, among others. Her first short film BIRTHDAY BOY was executive produced by Jean-Marc Vallee (Director of Big Little Lies & WILD) and is now streaming on HBO. Sienna was Head of Production for YouTube influencer Anna Akana (2.5M+ subscribers) where she produced over 30 scripted and sketch videos, totaling 12M+ views, and a 12-episode comedy series “Search Bar” with Fullscreen Media.

Now based in London, Sienna most recently worked on the HETV series Queens of Mystery Season 2 with Sly Fox Productions, streaming on Acorn TV, and Reel One Entertainment’s feature film London Appetite. Emergence’s sci-fi drama feature film INGRESS was recently completed and has been submitted to international festivals. Sienna is a frequent mentor with different organizations, such as Global Girls UK, Girls Club, #StartWith8, and Group Effort Initiative (Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds).
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Rachel Noll James

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Co-Founder
Rachel is an award-winning filmmaker with a focus on bringing the female gaze to stories and genres traditionally dominated by a male perspective. Rachel worked in the LA area for over a decade as an actor (where she holds credits in professional theater, film and TV), screenwriter (where she worked independently and as a writer for hire for many notable production companies), and an independent producer and director. Rachel also served as the VP of Operations at a successful digital marketing agency for seven years giving her a keen understanding of business operations, marketing, and people management.

Rachel’s film credits include award- winning feature films DON’T PASS ME BY (Amazon, iTunes) and THE STORYTELLER (Amazon, Hallmark Movies Now), and award-winning short film PARAMNESIA (Alamo Drafthouse Theaters, FUN SIZE HORROR VOLUME 1). Rachel recently completed the feature film INGRESS which she wrote, directed and starred in. She is currently in post-production on the newest Emergence Films’ feature, INHERITANCE, as a writer, producer and actor. Rachel is a member of Northwest Film Forum, Women in Film Seattle, SAG- AFTRA and AEA.

Miquel Sierra Altarriba

Development Researcher
Miquel is the Development Researcher at Emergence Films. He is passionate about uplifting the perspectives of female, queer and underrepresented filmmakers. His love for storytelling, research and script reading blends seamlessly with his experience in the production office. His credits include working on the upcoming feature film BIRD with House Productions, funded by BBC Film and the BFI and directed by Andrea Arnold. Additionally, he is passionate about reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the film industry, having recently handled the sustainability aspects of a Film4 and BFI-funded feature. Miquel’s interests cover a wide range of genres and formats, including queer cinema, independent filmmaking, pop music videos and Catalan films. He was a production office trainee in the 2023-24 ScreenSkills Trainee Finder programme cohort.

Kelsie Pool

Social Media Manager
Kelsie’s academic background includes a degree in Marketing from Napier University, as well as currently studying for a Masters in PR at Westminster University. Throughout her undergrad degree, she gained extensive experience in content creation and social media marketing through freelance projects. With her specialised skills in social media, she will be working as Emergence Films Social Media manager while she studies. With a particular interest in working on PR and Marketing within the creative industries, she aims to kick-start a career within the Film and TV industry when she graduates. As someone who grew up care experienced, Kelsie aims to be a champion for widening participation within industries like film.

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