Erica Scharf

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Erica Scharf

Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. She is currently editing the documentary television show, The Shift, airing on Investigation Discovery. In 2008, Scharf spent six months on location in Dallas, TX, shooting and producing A&E’s documentary television show, The First 48. She has also edited eight episodes of The First 48. She began her career as an associate producer for Worlds Apart (NGC), a verite travel program. She directed and edited Marnee: A Garage Sale Retrospective, which won first place at Movie Making Madness 2005, and edited City (Best Short Film at the 2007 Aspen Shortsfest). Other credits include SWAT (A&E), Miami Ink (TLC), and Last Seen Alive (Discovery). In 2005, Scharf was the assistant editor on God Grew Tired of Us, directed by Christopher Quinn (21 Up America) and winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Scharf is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a B.F.A. in Film and Television.

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I was honored to sit on the panel, “Building Community Awareness through Long Form Documentaries” at the AFI SilverDocs Festival this year. Moderated by Doug McKenney, Executive Producer of CPB’s Public Awareness Initiative, the panel also included Sandy St. Louis, Project Manager for Frontline’s Dropout Nation, Jacquie Jones, Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium and Executive Producer of DC Met: Life Inside School Reform and Tanishia Williams-Minor, the high school principal featured in DC Met.

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I recently attended imagineNative where my film, Up Heartbreak Hill, had its Canadian premiere. The festival was amazing – it ran from Oct. 19 – 23 in Toronto and was a whirlwind of films, panels and networking opportunities. The festival kicked off with a screening of On the Ice and The Country of Wolves, which were both phenomenal. At the opening night party, I had the chance to chat with a number of Khoi-San filmmakers and artists, who were there as a part of the delegation representing South Africa’s indigenous community.

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