Born in the Costa Rican rainforest, Erika Rand spent her first year in an orphanage prior to adoption by American parents. After earning degrees in anthropology, fine art, and Spanish from Lawrence University, she studied at Parsons School of Design and the New York Film Academy.
As a filmmaker, Erika produced and helped shoot a feature documentary on Tibet, created short films on climate change for U.S. high schools, served as a camera operator for a feature documentary on female hip hop, and served as a film curator for Pangea Day, which broadcast to over 60 million screens worldwide. Her first 16mm short received a cinematography award from Oscar award winning directors Albert Maysles and Ellen Kuras.
Her photography and cinematography clients include: Bassnectar, Chaksampa Tibetan Opera, Costa Rican Ministry of Peace, Slava’s SnowShow, Central Park Summerstage, Fat Joe, Tiempo Libre and Woody Allen.