Sept. 23, 2019, was a big day for Emily Moore, ’99. After five years as a freelancer working for ad agencies and tech companies such as Facebook, Google, 72andSunny, and MAL \ FOR GOOD, she returned to the corporate workforce as a full-time executive producer at Google Creative Lab.

For many people, the opportunity to work at Google and, among other things, produce a SuperBowl ad — as Moore did with the tender 2020 spot “Loretta” — would be a dream come true all by itself. But for Moore, Sept. 23 was just as significant for another reason. On that day, the film I Am With You, which Moore produced and co-directed, went live. It tells the story of sexual assault survivor Chanel Miller and was timed with the publication of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Know My Name

Moore says she was grateful for the opportunity to work with Miller and the production team of more than 25 women to share Miller’s ordeals following the former Stanford University student’s 2015 assault by Brock Turner, a case that made national headlines. Moore hopes the film will help change how people view victims of sexual abuse. 

“[Miller] is, as everyone is, a multifaceted individual with all kinds of skills and talents and things to offer,” Moore said. “You can’t be defined by just an event that happened to you.”

Moore’s first film, Refugee, a documentary she co-produced and co-directed, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016. It went on to be an official selection in 28 festivals, winning best documentary short in eight. 

Moore, who interned at the Virginia Film Office while a student at UR, says she’s arrived at a rewarding place in her film and advertising career.

“It’s being able to finally find myself in a place where I trust my own ability and instinct to make things on my own and at the same time trust and believe that there’s something really beautiful about collaboration.”