Erika Rand is a director, cinematographer, art director and original thinker whom I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with over the last 15 years. In each project we have worked on – from print advertising campaigns for Banana Republic to animated and independent live action films – she has displayed an unerring creative curiosity and a great capacity to turn assumptions on their head. Erika is always on the cutting edge of the intersection of technology and aesthetics. She is always testing new boundaries and exploring uncharted creative terrain. Erika is an experienced team leader at the highest level and also a true team player. On a personal level, she is a pleasure to collaborate with, because while she brings enormous vision and originality to the table, she is also a great listener and able to arrive at solutions that are respectful of the input, needs and desires of everyone involved. In addition, she has a lifelong commitment to social justice and her warm, compassionate heart informs everything she does. Her background is eclectic – from anthropology, visual art, and filmmaking, to health, wellness and activism – but in everything she does, Erika brings a keen eye for mass market communications and is able to remain true to the integrity of fine art while creating work that connects with large audiences.

~ Dimitri Ehrlich, Author, journalist, creative director, and multi-platinum selling songwriter

Erika Rand is an exceptional cinematographer. The video she did for our Clothing of The American Mind commercial was shot beautifully and working with her was a pleasure. I also recently hired Erika as a brand consultant and logo designer for Aqualillies. She's incredibly fast. In a short amount of time she was able to provide us with something that was spot on. She is an incredible listener and knows how to help a company achieve its goals through brand design and art direction. Erika is professional, flexible and easy to work with. Erika brought ideas to the table that I would never have thought of on my own and her contribution surpassed my expectations. I would definitely hire her again and encourage anyone to do the same.

~ Mesha Kussman, Director, Founder of Aqualillies

Erika did a marvelous job with art direction, design, writing, development (Kickstarter campaign, etc.) and story direction for a film we worked on together to highlight the injustices in Tibet. She has a great background and knowledge of the documentary film industry.

~ Russell Long, Executive Producer, Someplace With A Mountain and A Sheltered Sea, Director and Producer, Room to Breathe

Erika's talent is unparalleled. Her skills in graphic design, brand development and management, film production and direction, and art direction, paired with her unfailing commitment to excellence and integrity, make her an unsurpassed choice for helping our company to optimally communicate with the public. She has an uncanny ability of being able to distill very complex topics into easy-to-grock graphics that are accessible to a wide-ranging audience. There is no one in the design industry I recommend more highly and more frequently than Erika Rand.

~ Lopa Brunjes, Former Vice President, Biochar Engineering Corporation, Writer

Erika was a creative force at Citizen Engagement Lab, and a fantastic co-conspirator in all things media. She was incredibly dedicated to the causes that we worked on, and never hesitated when we had a new extremely urgent project for her. Her attention to detail and deep understanding of design, photography and film principles made her an ideal creative director, and I can only hope to work with her again!

~ Erica Fox, Government Affairs, Apple. Former Digital Media Producer, Citizen Engagement Lab

Erika Rand embodies that rare combination of raw talent, compassionate listening, and supreme dedication to her craft. Best of all, she is driven by a deep sense of mission and purpose, which makes collaborating with her both easy and meaningful. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with her should jump at the chance!

~ Eli Kasargod-Staub, Partner, Springboard Partners, former Deputy Research Director, SEIU

Erika's work is always powerful and never predictable. She's a true artist with a deep, honest commitment to important worldly issues. Her art direction and eye for unique and leading edge design is visionary, and has consistently left me awestruck. On top of that, she's one of the most fun and genuine human beings I've ever met! I feel very fortunate to have worked with her and hope to do so again.

~ Rob Ganger, Owner, Pollinator Media Group. Producer, Trudell

We recently had the pleasure to work with Erika Rand on a Website Design and Development project. What a treat! Erika just does everything right the first time...from providing an easy to follow IA and Wireframe to detailing every last function that will be in the finished product. Her exceptional attention to detail is outstanding - Bar None - which makes programming a breeze. We now use her design style as an example of "How to do things right". She is very easy to work with and offers great ideas to improve overall concepts. We look forward to working with Erika in the future. Thank you Erika!

~ Ian Yaklich, Vice President and Co-Owner, Off the Wall Media

Erika Rand is without question the most talented Art Director I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Supreme skills both as designer & director with a graceful composure toward playing on the team. Her films I look forward to seeing as I imagine the stories & imagery will be superb. Thankful to know you Erika & am happy to be on your dream team.

~ Cohen, Owner, Gypsypop records, Musician


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Erika Rand is a Costa Rican born, American artist working in photography, film, art direction, and design. She is grateful every day to be able to do work she loves.

Informed by her background in anthropology, environmentalism, and activism, her fine art photography focuses on landscape and the human condition. She is currently working on a photography project with the Hopi tribe of Northern Arizona.

In the world of film, Rand has worked as a director, producer, cinematographer, curator, and art director on feature documentaries, art films, animations, and music videos. Her first 16mm short received a cinematography award from judges including Oscar nominated directors Albert Maysles and Ellen Kuras. /// Rand served as a film curator for Pangea Day, an international day of film created by Oscar nominated director Jehane Noujaim and TED.com. Pangea Day's goal was to bring together millions of people from around the world in a shared experience, harnessing the power of film to enhance empathy, compassion, and peace. It was broadcast live on more than 60 million screens around the world. /// Rand co-produced State of Control, a feature documentary on Tibet, filming the Dalai Lama, amongst other spiritual and human rights luminaries from within the Tibetan diaspora. The film resulted in a collaborative action in Times Square between her film crew, celebrated poet / activist Tenzin Tsundue, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, and the Committee of 100 for Tibet. /// In collaboration with Free Range Studios and The Alliance for Climate Education, Rand directed and art directed animated shorts on climate change for US high schools. So far, the films have reached more than 2 million high school students. /// Rand's film and video clients include: Participant Productions, Free Range Studios, Alliance for Climate Education, Al Gore's Alliance for a New Humanity, Video the Vote, Bassnectar, Central Park Summerstage, Grammy nominated rapper Fat Joe, and Grammy nominated Cuban band Tiempo Libre.

As an art director and communication designer, Rand's clients include: Andante Records, Apple, Banana Republic, Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, Citizen Engagement Lab, Color of Change, Dreamworks Pictures, The Evolver Project, Free Range Studios, Guayakí, Hairspray (on Broadway), Harmony Festival, Jack Morton Worldwide, J.Crew, Martha Stewart Living, McCann Erickson, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pushpin Group, Restoration Hardware, Scholastic Books, Tiffany & Co., and the Tribeca Film Festival.