Stills from climate change animation

Stills from climate change animation

The Alliance for Climate Education asked Free Range Studios to create films on climate change as part of an educational program for U.S. high schools. Rand directed and art directed this animated short, which has now been screened for more than 2 million high school students. This version is her director’s cut.

Director: Erika Rand / Producer: Erica Priggen / Executive Producer: The Alliance for Climate Education / Scriptwriters: Jonah Sachs, Dimitri Ehrlich, Lea Endres / Lead Animator: Ruben de Luna / Anime Animator: Haik Hoisington / 3D Globe Animator: Anderson / Typography Animator: Erika Rand / Editors: Doug Werby, Erika Rand / Art Direction: Erika Rand /  Graphic Design: Patrick Walker, Erika Rand / Media Curators: Molly Tsongas, Adam Badgley, Cohen / Music: Philip Glass, Jesse Murphy, Dimitri Ehrlich, Jboogie, Jennifer Johns / Music Supervisors: Jessica Tully, Erika Rand


Images from Pangea Day

Images from Pangea Day

Rand was a film curator for Pangea Day, an international day of film led by Oscar-nominated TED prize winner Jehane Noujaim. 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. The films were shown in live events in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro and broadcast in seven languages to over 60 million people in 156 countries.
 


Stills from Pigeon Spirit

Stills from Pigeon Spirit

Pigeon Spirit was Rand's first 16mm film, made when she was a student at the New York Film Academy. Its story is an allegorical interpretation of her experience of a kundalini awakening. It celebrates the courageous path of outsiders, acknowledges the ever-present possibility of spontaneous self-healing, and is inspired by her love of mambo music and dance. It received a ’Best Cinematography’ award from panel judges including Oscar nominated directors Albert Maysles and Ellen Kuras.

Written, Directed & Edited by: Erika Rand / Actors: Chantal Bushelle, Ramon Rodriguez / Dancers: Judith Sanchez, Jai Catalano, Candy Mena / Director of Photography: Erika Rand / Camera Operators: Koen de Jongh, Jonathan Cramer, Erika Rand / Assistant Camera: Gavin Todd-James / Gaffers: Katie Dainson, Jorge Fried Budnik / Captions: Erika Rand, Daniel Miller / Cube Sculpture: Jonathan Cramer / Music: Tito Puente, Jimmy Bosch, Michael Stearns, Chucho Valdez, JAQ


State of Control is a feature documentary that highlights the Dalai Lama, former political prisoner Gyalston Sandup, celebrated poet / activist Tenzin Tsundue, activist Tenzin Seldon, and Lhamo Tso (wife of political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen).

State of Control is a feature documentary that highlights the Dalai Lama, former political prisoner Gyalston Sandup, celebrated poet / activist Tenzin Tsundue, activist Tenzin Seldon, and Lhamo Tso (wife of political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen).

Rand co-produced State of Control, a feature documentary on Tibet, and was honored to film 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. News of their 2012 action broke through the Chinese firewall, and helped highlight the cause of political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen. His wife Lhamo Tso and four children were granted political asylum by the United States in February 2013, and Dhondup Wangchen was released from prison in June 2014. State of Control is now available on several digital platforms, including iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, and Amazon. You can find more information on the film here, and one of the news articles on their Times Square action here.


Say My Name is a feature documentary that highlights female hip hop and R&B artists including Estelle, Erykah Badu, MC Lyte, Rah Digga, Remy Ma, Jean Grae, Roxanne Shanté, Monie Love, amongst others.

Say My Name is a feature documentary that highlights female hip hop and R&B artists including Estelle, Erykah Badu, MC Lyte, Rah Digga, Remy Ma, Jean Grae, Roxanne Shanté, Monie Love, amongst others.

In a hip hop and R&B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of Say My Name speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. This documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London’s Eastside, to Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A., and points in between. Rand was a camera operator on this documentary.

 

To get in touch: info@erikarand.com.


As a director, producer, cinematographer, and art director, Erika Rand has worked on feature documentaries, art films, animations, and music videos. /// Her first 16mm short, an allegorical interpretation of her experience of a kundalini awakening, 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, and was honored to film 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. News of their 2012 action broke through the Chinese firewall, and helped highlight the cause of political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen. His wife Lhamo Tso and four children were granted political asylum by the United States in February 2013, and Dhondup Wangchen was released from prison in June 2014. /// 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.