Erika Cohn

Erika Cohn is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning director/producer who Variety recognized as one of 2017’s top documentary filmmakers to watch and was featured in DOC NYC’s 2019 “40 Under 40.” Most recently, Erika completed THE JUDGE, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy nominated film about the first woman judge appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a courts, which premiered at TIFF '17 and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Erika co-directed/produced, IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST, an Emmy award-winning, feature documentary about young Pacific Islander men pursuing their dreams of playing professional football, which premiered at Sundance '15 and was also broadcast on Independent Lens. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including a DGA award for her film, WHEN THE VOICES FADE, a fiction short about the Lebanese-Israeli war of 2006, and her work has been supported by IFP, the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Institute, Hot Docs, Sheffield, ITVS, Women in Film, BAVC and the CPB Producer’s Academy among others. Erika studied at Chapman University (California) and Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and has degrees in Film Production, Middle East Studies, and Acting Performance. In 2013, she founded Idle Wild Films, Inc., which has released 3 feature documentaries and produced numerous branded content and commercial spots, including Gatorade’s “Win from Within” series, for which she received a 2016 Webby award nomination. Erika's next film, BELLY OF THE BEAST will be released in 2020.