Erik Gernand

Erik Gernand is a writer and filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world including SXSW, Mix Milan (Italy), Cinequest, and Palm Springs International Shortfest, as well as been broadcast on IFC, PBS, and the Logo Channel (MTV Networks). His films have been distributed by First Run Features and Strand Releasing.  His full-length play "The Beautiful Dark" was the recipient of the 2012 New Works Project Winner at T. Schreiber Studio in New York, and was a finalist for the 2012 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

Erik teaches writing and production courses in Radio-TV-Film, and was the 2012 recipient of the Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award in the School of Communication. In the spring quarter of 2012, Erik taught Producing the Sitcom and traveled to Los Angeles with a group of those students to observe the taping of the season finale of Modern Family. He also runs Weekend Filmmakers, a 48-hour filmmaking challenge for Radio-TV-Film first-year students.

Education

MFA Writing for the Screen and Stage, Northwestern University
BA Telecommunications Production and German, Ball State University


Recent Awards, Honors and Grants

2012
  • Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Communication
  • New Works Project Winner, T. Schreiber Studio, New York, full-length play The Beautiful Dark (writer)
  • Heideman Award Finalist, Boy Talk (writer)
  • Finalist, Woodward/Newman Drama Award, Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Beautiful Dark (writer)
2011
  • Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll, Northwestern University, 2010/2011
  • Shortlist, Iris Prize, Wales, UK, Nice Shirt (director)
  • 2nd Prize, Christopher Wetzel Award for Independent Film Comedy, Nice Shirt (director)
  • Best Short Film, Festival international du film gay et lesbien de Grenoble, France, Tech Support (director/co-writer)
2010
  • Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll, Northwestern University, 2009/2010
  • Shortlist, Iris Prize, Wales, UK, Tech Support (director/co-writer)
  • Audience Award, Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Tech Support (director/co-writer)
  • Best Short Film, Fresno Reel Pride LGBT Film Festival, Tech Support (director/co-writer)
  • Best Lesbian Short, Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Germany, Tech Support (director/co-writer)
  • Best International Short, Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Non-Love-Song (director/writer)
  • Honorable Mention, Narrative Short, Athens International Film Festival, Non-Love-Song (director/writer)
  • Winner, Feature Screenplay - Family Category, Screenplay Search, Bug Boy (writer)
  • Third Place, James River Film Festival, Non-Love-Song (director/writer)
2009
  • Shortlist, Iris Prize, Wales, UK, Non-Love-Song (director/writer)
2008
  • Heideman Award Finalist, It's A Girl (writer)
2007
  • Audience Award, First Sundays Comedy Film Festival, New York, Shop & Save (director/writer)
  • Audience Award, First Sundays Comedy Film Festival, New York, Do You Have A Minute? (director/writer)


Courses

RTVF 190 Media Construction
RTVF 260 Foundations of Screenwriting
RTVF 298 Media Topics: Discovering Voice through Genre
RTVF 379 Topics in Production: Serial Webisodes
RTVF 379 Topics in Production: Satire
RTVF 379 Topics in Production: Producing
RTVF 379 Topics in Production: Producing the Sitcom

Erik Gernand

Senior Lecturer

Department:

Radio/Television/Film

Office:

Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive
Room G07
Evanston, IL 60208