ERICA JORDAN ericajordan.com
Inspired by the movement of images, Erica makes films that look into the shadows, find the light and reveal themes of liberation, courage and compassion. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Erica's award-wining films range from intimate character-driven dramas to documentaries about globally significant conflicts.
My recent documentary "Seeing Slavery” 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. "Seeing Slavery" is available for rental at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/seeingslaverydocumentary
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.”
Dianne Griffin based in San Francisco, has traveled the globe for over 25 years directing and producing award winning documentaries. She draws inspiration for her work from the people around her, creating intimate connections and telling stories of dignity, suffering and compassion, which move us to act. Her current documentary Painted Nails, features Van Nguyen’s personal story encompassing both the immigrant’s journey and one woman’s rise to activism in the face of adversity.
Dianne has created stunning stories across the globe including directing and producing the documentary White Hotel shot in Eritrea, Africa that premiered at the New Directors New Film Series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Film Society of Lincoln Center receiving international acclaim at both film festivals, broadcasts, museums and universities.
Actively involved in the documentary film community Dianne Griffin teaches documentary filmmaking including storytelling, crowd-funding, distribution and social media marketing. She has jury chaired the United Nations Association Film Festival for over 19 years, watching thousands of films.
She is currently in development, post production and distribution on several documentary projects including The Creative High a feature length documentary.
Dianne enjoys tending her small orchard and fantasizes one day a queen bee swarming will choose a nesting site in her San Francisco backyard.
Associate Producer / Translator
Nhung Pham is a certified Vietnamese translator who graduated from Hanoi University of Finance and Accounting in Vietnam, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Francisco State University and worked toward a Master’s program in International and Development Economics. Through this program Nhung Pham engaged in on-site field research on the impacts of pesticides and herbicides on the health and productivity of small farmers in Nam Dinh province in Vietnam. Currently Nhung is interpreting at several hospitals and schools in San Francisco, CA. Nhung was drawn to working on Painted Nails because of her commitment to assisting the Vietnamese immigrant community and witnessing friends who suffer the consequences of working daily in the toxic environment of nail salons. Though Nhung originally used her skills as an interpreter on the Painted Nails, she soon became a co-producer and helped to guide Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin in the Vietnamese community.