PRODUCER, director, editor
is an award-winning independent narrative and documentary filmmaker who creates stories that entertain, as they expand into a deeper understanding of the world.

Erica Jordan through DigAll Media, 501 c3 received a grant from California Humanities 


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-winning films range from intimate character-driven dramas to documentaries about globally significant conflicts.

Erica most recent film "Reclaiming Rushmore" exposes a pivotal moment on July 3, 2020 which reignites activists to fight for the closure of Mt. Rushmore and reclaim the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota for Indigenous people. A conflicting story unfolds of a monument that means freedom to one group, and oppression to another. 


Erica’s 2018 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.


​Erica’s 2017 feature documentary “Painted Nails,” enters the lively world of a Vietnamese nail salon. "Painted Nails" was invited to screen in over 35 film festivals premiering to standing ovations and broadcast nationwide on PBS stations. "Painted Nails" is currently being distributed by Kanopy. To learn more, please visit

Erica enjoys the creative challenge of editing films by other inspired filmmakers. The latest film she edited was Kat Alioshin's 2019 feature documentary - "Animation Outlaws -- All About Spike and Mike," which premiered at Annecy Film Festival in June 2019 and continues to screen at international film festivals. "Animation Outlaws" will be distributed by Gravitas in the Summer of  2020.

“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.”





Animation Outlaws (Editor - 2019 Feature Documentary)

Seeing Slavery (Director, Editor - 2018 - Short Documentary)
Painted Nails ( Co-Produced/Directed & Edited Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin, Editor Erica Jordan 2016 - feature documentary)

In Plain Sight (Director, Editor - 2014 - Feature Documentary)
Seed to Sprout  (Director, Editor 2012 - Three short films for youth dance/film/theater collaboration.
Our Daily Bread (Director, Editor 2011 - Several short films for a dance performance at CounterPulse, SF
Any Sunday at Rhythm and Motion (Director, Editor - 2009 – 7 min. documentary)
Saving Malcolm X (Director, Editor - 2005 - 30 min. documentary)
Fostering Art (Director, Editor - 2004 - 15 min. short documentary)
In the Wake (Director, Editor - 2001 - 94 min. dramatic feature)
Ida McCray:  Families With A Future (2001 - 6 min. documentary) Produced for Oxygen TV Channel.
Glenda Hope: The Tender Champ  (2001 - 6 min. documentary) Produced for Oxygen TV Channel
Tales from the Heart (1998 - 37 min. dramatic shorts)
Walls of Sand (Director, Editor, Co-wrote, co-produced with Shirin Etesam 1995 - 110 min. dramatic feature)
A Different Shade of Blue (Director, Editor - 1991 12 min. dramatic short)
Dance for One (Director, Editor - 1989 - 11 min. dramatic short)




- Opera San Jose premiered Making of Three Decembers, 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

-, (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



PBS Nationwide including but not limited to KQED to WNET airdates in 13 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia

INCLUDING: •  Charlotte (SCETV)• Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville (SCETV)• Indianapolis •    Las Vegas• Los Angeles• Orlando (WDSC & WEFS)• Philadelphia• Portland (OPB) •    San Antonio• San Diego • San Francisco (KRCB, KCSM & KQED) • Tulsa


interviews & Reviews

KALW Public Radio San Francisco - Your Call: Toxic chemicals in cosmetics

A conversation with Hana BaBa and  filmmakers Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin 

Women and Environments - Ethical Engagement in the Age of "Sustainable Consumerism

A Review by Helen Lynn

7x7 Magaine

 Painted Nails: A San Francisco Salon Owner Shares Her Story of Miscarriages + Safe Cosmetics Advocacy in New Documentary

Frontrunner Magaine

Painted Nails, a feature-length documentary film by Dianne Griffin and Erica Jordan, is equal parts immigrant and activist story.

Viet Film Fest 2016

Interview with Painted Nails Filmmakers

More Articles and Reviews

“Independent Film Distribution: How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys,” Phil Hall, 2006
“An Interview with Erica Jordan” by Jonathan W. Hickman,, 2002
“An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking”, by Hamid Naficy, Princeton Univ. Press, 2001
“In The Wake, Review,” Film Threat, 2001
“Erica Jordan: The Quiet Pioneer”, Film Threat interview by Phil Hall, May 3, 2000
“FILM; For Moviegoers, The Net’s Not Yet An Easy Option,” New York Times, March 1, 1998

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