Erin Brown Thomas is a director/writer/editor, whose work in film has taken her across the United States and around the globe. She has worked in one or several capacities on projects with Selena Gomez, Eminem, Topher Grace, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, The Olsen Twins, Casey Wilson, Tony Hale, Andy Richter, Reggie Watts, & SNL’s Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett. Her commercial clients have included the United States Marine Corp, the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, Radio Disney, Belvedere Vodka, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, Gensler, and Nestle.
TOKYO PROJECT, a film she edited for Executive Producer Lena Dunham (Girls), and Emmy winning director Richard Shepard, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The Film, which stars Elisabeth Moss (Handmaid’s Tail), was just picked up by HBO. Erin and Lena continue to collaborate.
In 2017 Erin co-founded Salute Your Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles. As Artistic Director, she curated an outstanding group of films, several of which have since become Oscar Short- listed. Judges for the festival (who gushed over the outstanding lineup) included Emmy Wining Actor Tony Hale, LEGO MOVIE producer, Dan Lin; BIG BANG THEORY writer/ producer Jeremy Howe, CEO of Seed&Spark, Emily Best; and SHAPE OF WATER lead actor Doug Jones.
Erin directed Doug alongside Erika Christensen (Parenthood) in Adopted: The Original Series, a comedy in the vein of Modern Family. Erin’s most recent short, Rekindled, has played 37 festivals (as of January 2018, since premiering in April). Rekindled has won a handful of awards including multiple “best film,” “best comedy,” and “best actress” awards. The comedy stars comedienne Kelly Vrooman, and was inspired by true events which Kelly wrote about as part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and Take Back the Night, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Erin and Kelly continue to collaborate and are currently taking meetings for two female-driven comedy series they created (MANAGING LIFE and BLUE SKIES). Additionally, SPLIT —a female driven dramady feature they co-wrote with an established producer attached, explores the ways shame bifurcates female relationships and
Over the last few years, Erin directed several other films including: HOTWIRE, an action short film starring Teri Reeves (Chicago Fire); CHASING HAYES, a small town love story starring Kent Boyd (So You Think You Can Dance); Семья, a narrative drama short entirely in Russian, WILDMAN ATHLETICA, showcasing the aerial silks talents of Christa B. Allen (Revenge) and Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), and the visually haunting, ONCE UPON A DREAM and YOUNG + BEAUTIFUL - two in a series of 5 aerial silks films Erin has directed starring Cirque du Soleil performer Selkie Hom. Erin’s work in music videos has won awards in several international festivals and has been featured on MTVu and vh1.com, shooting indie artists to the front of public attention. COURAGE IS was picked up by ABC Family for broadcast nationwide.
Erin is currently writing her third narrative feature screenplay, ITALY STORY, a comedy based the time she was left behind as a 14 year old on a class field trip to Italy.
  • Director (10 Credits)
    Unwanted
    Music Video
    BUT FIRST...2018
    Experimental, Short
    Rekindled2017
    Short
    Rekindled2017
    Short, Web / New Media
    Young + Beautiful2017
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
    Eye of The Needle2015
    Music Video
    Hotwire2015
    Short
    Once Upon A Dream2015
    Music Video
    Семья (Family)2015
    Short
    Wildman Athletica2014
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    SHEDDING2019
    Experimental, Feature
    Eye of The Needle2015
    Music Video
    Once Upon A Dream2015
    Music Video
    Wildman Athletica2014
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    BLUE SKIES
    Television Script
    Managing Life
    Television Script
    Split
    Screenplay
BEST FICTION FILM
Rekindled
Canton Film Festival
Canton
2017
Best Documentary
Wildman Athletica
Canton Film Festival
Canton, OH
2014
SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR COMEDY WRITING
Rekindled
Coronado Island Film Fest
Coronado
Official Selection
Rekindled
Hollyshorts Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
Best Short Film, Best Actress, Best Original Song
Rekindled
Atlanta Comedy Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
Opening Night Film!
BUT FIRST...
Canton Film Festival
Official Selection, Special Jury Prize for Comedy Writing
Rekindled
Coronado Island Film Festival
Coronado Island, California
NOMNIATED BEST SHORT FILM
Rekindled
LA Cinefest
Los Angeles
BEST SHORT FILM, BEST ACTRESS, BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Rekindled
Atlanta Comedy Fest
Atlanta
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Rekindled
Austin Comedy Fest
Austin
Official Selection, Nominated Best Short Film
Rekindled
LA Cinefest
Los Angeles, CA
Best Music Video
Unwanted
Canton Film Festival
Canton, OH
Outstanding Experimental
Once Upon A Dream
Short. Sweet. Film Festival
Official Selection
Rekindled
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland, Ohio
College
Malone University
Philosophy, Theology, Communications
20022007
High School
Revere High School
19982002
Nickname
Brownie
Birth City
Akron, Ohio
Current City
Los Angeles, California
Hometown
Akron, Ohio
Height
5' 2"
Gender
Female
Eye Color
Blue
Married To
Jake Thomas
Athletic background:
Was an olympic hopeful in gymnastics as a child.
First Female to Pole Vault at the Ohio State Meet.
Wrestled on the boy's team in high school.
Qualified for State meet four years in a row for Cross Country.
Currently trains in Aerial Silks.
Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.
- Jim Jarmush
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