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ERICA JORDAN

director

Erica is currently in productions on "Six Grandfathers," a short documentary, enters the conflict around Mount Rushmore, a national monument known as a shrine to democracy and the movement to remove it from the Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota. The image of Mt. Rushmore is synonymous with freedom and patriotism; however, the other side of its story demonstrates the lack of understanding and respect shown to the Native people who inhabited the Black Hills for generations prior to European arrival.

 "Seeing Slavery” Erica's 2018 documentary, unravels the unseen worlds of human trafficking, forced labor, and prostitution. "Seeing Slavery" was awarded Best Short Documentary at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards and Around Film Festival (ARFF International) and premiered at Raleigh Studios in August 2018.

Erica enjoys the creative challenge of editing films by other inspired filmmakers. After editing Kat Alioshin's 2019 feature documentary - "Animation Outlaws -- All About Spike and Mike," it premiered at Annecy Film Festival and continues to screen at international film festivals. "Animation Outlaws" is now distributed by Gravitas and is available on ITunes, Amazon and many other online platforms.

“Walls of Sand,” Erica’s debut feature film about an Iranian woman’s search for freedom, received the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at Rivertown Film Festival, Honorable Mention at Slamdance Film Festival and gained international attention as the first feature film selected to stream over the Internet.

 

Film Threat selected Erica’s second award-winning dramatic feature film, “In the Wake,” as one of the best independent feature films of 2001 — “While anyone who saw ‘Walls of Sand’ could immediately recognize Ms. Jordan’s talent as a filmmaker, her new feature ‘In the Wake’ serves to confirm not only her skill and mastery of independent film production but also heralds her arrival as one of the major artists of the indie scene.”

More about Erica at www.ericajordan.com

Selected Presentations & Awards

- Opera San Jose premiered Making of Three Decembers, 2020

- Angel Island Permanent Exhibition, Painted Nails, 2020

- Wing Luke Museum of The Asian American Experience-Where Beauty Lies, Seattle, Painted Nails, 2019-2020

- Amsterdam’s Around International Film Festival – Seeing Slavery, Finalist Screening Amsterdam 2019

- Accolade Competition - Award of Merit - Seeing Slavery 2019

- Los Angeles Film Festival Awards – Seeing Slavery, Best Short Documentary April 2018 – Screening at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

- Johns Hopkins APAMSA - Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, Painted Nails 2019

- UNAFF Traveling Film Festival - Denver, Painted Nails 2017

- Women’s Voices for the Earth, Montana, Painted Nails 2017

- 8th Annual CSM Asian Pacific America Film Festival, Painted Nails 2017

- Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2017

- UNAFF Traveling Film Festival, Painted Nails 2017

- Cinequest International Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016

- CAAMFest, Painted Nails, (Center for Asian American Media), Painted Nails 2016

- Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016

- Disorient Asian American Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016 (Courageous Womyn Award)

- Viet Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016

- DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016

- Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016

- Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Painted Nails, 2016

- ECO Film Festival, Painted Nails, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016

- New Orleans Film Festival, Painted Nails, Jury Award Finalist, 2016

- UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival at Stanford University, Painted Nails, 2016

- California Film Institute - San Rafael Film Center, Painted Nails, 2016

- Main San Francisco Public Library, Painted Nails, 2016

- The International Film Festival on Human Rights, Buenos Aires Argentina, In Plain Sight, 2015

- Napa Valley Film Festival (Napa Valley, CA) In Plain Sight, 2014

- United Nations Film Festival (Palo Alto, CA) In Plain Sight, 2014

- Mill Valley Film Festival (Mill Valley, CA) In Plain Sight, 2014

- San Francisco City Hall, Saving Malcolm X, video screened as part of a photo exhibit, 2006

- Oxygen Media, Glenda Hope, Ida McCray documentaries, national broadcast, 2001

- New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NY & LA), In the Wake, 2002

- Black Point Film Festival, Wisconsin, (Honorable Mention) In the Wake, 2002

- Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA In the Wake (Official Premier Presentation), 2001

- WinFemme Film Festival, Beverly Hills, CA (Critic’s Choice Award) – In the Wake, 2001

- U.C. Davis International Film Festival – Davis, CA, (Honorable Mention), In the Wake, 2001

- Film Festival of Iranian Cineaste in Diaspora, Canada, New York, Walls of Sand, 2001

- Women’s Iranian Film Festival, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA – Walls of Sand, 2001

- Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema In the Wake, 2001

- Light+Screen Film Festival, (New York, NY) Walls of Sand, 2000

- The Mill Valley Film Festival, Tales From The Heart:  The Belly Dance, 1998

- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Short Romances, (SF, CA) Tales From The Heart, 1998

- Thesync.com, (website) (first contemporary feature in the web) Walls of Sand, 1998

- The Festival of Iranian Films Made in Exile, (Sweden) Walls of Sand, 1997

- Short Romances, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,  (SF, CA) Tales From The Heart, 1997

- Boston Museum of Fine Art Film Festival, Walls of Sand, 1996

- Orpheum Theater, (Boston, Mass.) (Calendar Screening), Walls of Sand, 1996

- Roxie Cinema, (San Francisco, CA) (Calendar Screening), Walls of Sand, 1996

- UCSF Psychiatrists Resident Screening, (San Francisco, CA), Walls of Sand, 1996

- Slamdance Film Festival, (Saltlake City, Utah) (Honorable Mention), Walls of Sand, 1996

- Umea Film Festival, (Sweden) – Walls of Sand, 1995

- Nashville Independent Film Festival, (Tenn.) Walls of Sand, 1995

- Film Arts Foundation Film Festival, (SF, CA) Walls of Sand, 1995

- Breckenridge Film Festival, (Colorado) Walls of Sand, 1995

- Rivertown Film Festival, (Minneapolis) Walls of Sand, 1995

- Bay Area Women’s Film Festival, (Berkeley, CA), Walls of Sand, 1995

- Big Muddy Film Festival, (Ill.) Walls of Sand, 1995

- Palo Alto Film Festival, (Palo Alto, CA) Dance for One, 1987

- Art Institute Film Festival, (SF, CA) Dance for One, 1987

- Mill Valley Film Festival, (Mill Valley, CA) Dance for One, 1987

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