ERIKAFRANKEL

Erika Frankel made her directorial debut with the documentary feature KING GEORGES (2015 Full Frame, AFI DOCS, DOC NYC, Traverse City, Hot Springs, Big Sky), a profile of fiery French chef Georges Perrier and the final years of his landmark restaurant Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia. The film was released in 2016 by Sundance Selects/IFC Films in the US, Netflix internationally and was praised by Variety (“Poignant, emotional…steady stream of laughter”), the LA Times (“Charming, spirited…funny, well-seasoned portrait of autumnal fervor”) and The Philadelphia Inquirer (“remarkably told lion-in-winter story”). She recently produced THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS (2016) a series of short films about being Muslim in America today, which has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, PRI’s The World, Vox and Huffington Post. She also produced THE HOME TEAM (2014 SXSW, AFI DOCS), a documentary short that follows the biggest basketball game of the year in tight-knit, all-American Murray, Kentucky. Previously, she produced ANNIE: IT’S THE HARD KNOCK LIFE (2013 PBS), a feature documentary on the 2012 revival of the Broadway musical that received rave reviews from The New York Times (“delightful”), Entertainment Weekly (“a must see,” A-) and The Onion’s A/V Club (A-). She was also the producer of FRONTRUNNERS (2008 SXSW; 2010 Sundance Channel), a smart and funny look at the hard-fought race for school president at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, which screened around the world at festivals and as a selection of the US State Department’s first American Documentary Showcase. The film was theatrically released by Oscilloscope Pictures and was praised by The New York Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and NBC. She has produced numerous programs for television including PBS’s NOVA scienceNOW (profiles of a paleoanthropologist and a computer hacker), SUPERHEROES (three-hour-long series on the history of comic book superheroes), MAKE ‘EM LAUGH (six-hour-long series on the history of American comedy), The Discovery Channel’s EARTH 2050 (hour-long special on the future of energy) and many others. She began her career as a production assistant for legendary documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim and as an associate producer on several episodes of the PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS: GORE VIDAL (2003 Sundance), JONI MITCHELL and WOODY ALLEN. She currently serves as an Executive Producer at Smartypants Pictures.