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 was a professor of film and TV production at the School of Film and Television, Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles for six years before relocating to Germany. She now resides in Frankfurt, where she continues to write and make films as well as lecture at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach (hfg-of, University of Art and Design), Hochschule Darmstadt, Media Campus, and the Filmhaus Frankfurt.
Erika teaches seminars in Visual Design, Editing, Pre-Production and Story/ Concept Development.
She received her Masters in Fine Arts in Cinema-Television from USC (University of Southern California) and her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.