We all know Curious George.

But what about his creators, Hans and Margret Rey?

From fleeing Nazi-occupied France on handmade bicycles to encounters with exotic animals in Brazil, the Reys lived lives of adventure that are reflected in the pages of one of the most treasured children’s book series of all time.

Who the Reys were, is why we have George.

MONKEY BUSINESS: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators, a feature documentary on the lives of Hans and Margret Rey, coming to you in 2017!

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Profile of Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Ema is the director, producer, and editor of MONKEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE’S CREATORS. This will be her first directorial feature documentary.

In 2013 her documentary, MONK BY BLOOD, the story of a young Japanese man who faces the destiny of taking over his family’s 800-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, aired internationally on Al Jazeera English. The film also played at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2014. Her film NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, a documentary about growing up in multiple cultures, has screened at venues and educational conferences around the world.

As an editor, Ema’s work has screened on HBO, PBS, at Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and the Director’s Guild of America, among others. In 2014, Ema was an editor on CNN’s docu-series CHICAGOLAND, executive produced by Robert Redford. Most recently, she was the co-producer and editor of CLASS DIVIDE, an HBO Documentary directed by Marc Levin, which won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC in 2015.

Ema is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While she was a student, Ema interned for Ken Burns’ production company and trained at the BBC. Upon graduation, she became an assistant to filmmaker/editor Sam Pollard (WHEN THE LEVIES BROKE, 4 LITTLE GIRLS).

Raised in Japan and England, Ema has a particular interest in telling stories that lie in-between cultures. She currently resides in New York City, while working on projects in both Japan and New York.

 

Ema Ryan Yamazaki Portfolio: http://www.emaexplorations.com