Erika Surat Andersen is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have been broadcast in nearly 200 cities across the United States and have played in festivals around the globe. She has written, directed and/or produced narrative films, documentary films and videos, television shows, image films and promotional videos for organizations. Her credits include “Turbans”, a dramatic film set in 1918 that explores the inner struggles of an Asian Indian immigrant family torn between their cultural traditions and the desire for social acceptance in America; and “None of the Above: People of Multiracial Heritage”, a documentary about people of multiracial heritage and their quest for identity, inspired by her own experience of being Asian Indian and Danish.
Erika Andersen is a graduate of USC (University of Southern California) where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinema-Television Production. Her bachelor’s degree is in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. Ms. Andersen taught TV studio and film production at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, in Los Angeles, California for six years before relocating to Germany. She now resides in Frankfurt, where she continues to make films as well as lectures part-time at the Hochschule Darmstadt, Media Campus, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach and the Filmhaus Frankfurt.
Among other projects, Erika Surat Andersen is currently working on a full-length narrative film — a drama/comedy entitled “Second Chances“, about an unlikely friendship between two people who never should have met. Screenwriting funds were provided by the Hessen Film Board (Hessische Film Förderung).