Erik Sharkey

Independent Filmmaker

Born and raised in New York City, Erik Sharkey got hooked on movies at an early age and got into film the way many independent filmmakers do -- with his own Super 8 movies. After winning the National Talent Search competition and receiving a full scholarship to Pratt Institute, he went on to work in film and video production in the NYC area before directing his first feature film, a campy comedy Sexina: Popstar PI, featuring Adam West. The film was screened at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, and San Francisco Independent Film Festival and was picked up for foreign distribution by Lionsgate films and distributed in america by Wild Eye Releasing. His second feature was, Drew:The Man Behind the Poster, a documentary about the life and work of iconic illustrator, Drew Struzan and features original interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J Fox, and Steven Spielberg. The film was released by Kino-Lorber theatrically as well as on Netflix and Hulu. Find out more at Recently, Sharkey co-directed the critically acclaimed documentary, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, along with filmmaker, Michael Fiore. The film is about legendary animator and cartoonist, Floyd Norman, who is the first African American artist to work for Disney. The film is currently available on Netflix and was produced through Michael Fiore Films. More info can be found at