Erica Hawkins is an emerging filmmaker and educator and a recent transplant to the Greater Philadelphia area. Much of Erica's work and teachings center around history, particularly African Diaspora histories and experiences. Erica is currently working to preserve these experiences and stories via film and multi-media projects.
I make film and media arts projects that explore the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, identity, and class. My artistic path began with a love for historical films and the development of characters from the past. Through research and stories of the past, I find the subjects that I want to focus on. I notice that much of my work combines history and biographical experiences. While working with young students in the Philadelphia School System, I saw the need to educate Black children about the importance of history and identity and how it has shaped the world. I like to bring these forgotten stories and experiences of the past to light through film and media to educate. My goal as an artist is to continue to delve into stories centering the experiences of People of African descent and using these stories as an educational tool.
“Only the Black Woman can say ‘when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole...race enters with me.’”
- Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice From the South, 1892
Things We Gathered from the Fire | Development
This short documentary film takes an in-depth look at the racially charged death of a young black man in Southampton County, Virginia in 1992. Shot from the perspective of the daughter of this man, this film explores racially charged violence and its lifelong effects for the families left behind. With interviews from family and friends this film hopes to shed light on the lasting trauma of such an event and how, if ever can such a trauma can be overcome. The core audience for this film are those who are interested in race and violence in America. Exploring this story that is over 25 years old will highlight similarities from past cases of racially motivated deaths as well as those that continue to happen today.
Things We Gathered from the Fire
Writer, Director, Producer
June 2017 - Present
Pre-production: the film centers on the October 1992 murder of a 24-year-old African-American new father in Southampton County, VA. This film focuses on the trauma of racial violence.
I, A Black Woman, Resist
August 2018 - October 2018
Completed: a short documentary film project honoring the life and legacy of Afro-Brazilian activist Marielle Franco.
A Grand Round
Completed: A Grand Round is a short film depicting a croquet match between American Civil War era re-enactors.