Erica Tremblay

Erica Tremblay (born 1980) is a Seneca–Cayuga American documentary film director, based out of New York City known for her films In the Turn (2014), Heartland: A Portrait of Survival (2012) and Tiny Red Universe (2007).

Erica Tremblay
Born1980 (age 39–40)
OccupationFilm director
Years active2011–present
Notable work
In the Turn (2014)
Heartland: A Portrait of Survival (2012)

Early life and careerEdit

Tremblay grew up in Seneca, Missouri, a rural community near Joplin, Missouri. In 2007, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska.[1] While there she wrote, produced and starred in Tiny Red Universe, a short film which aired on IFC.[2]

In 2012, she released Heartland: A Portrait of Survival.[3] The film documents the effects of the 2011 Joplin tornado which destroyed a quarter of the city and caused about $2.8 billion worth of damage.[4][5] Tremblay, who was living in Los Angeles at the time but had previously lived in Joplin, had relatives still living in her hometown.[6][7] She traveled to the town with a film crew and documented the aftermath for a four-week period.[1][8] The film, which features several stories like the Joplin Found Photos project,[9] was shown at the Omaha Film Festival,[10] and at St. Louis International Film Festival.[11]

In 2014, Tremblay released In the Turn, a documentary film that revolves around a ten-year-old transgender girl from Timmins, Ontario.[12] The film began as a Kickstarter project to profile the Vagine Regime, "a queer roller derby collective," in a documentary film. Tremblay received a message from Crystal's mother that recounted the negative experiences her daughter has had in asserting her gender identity and how she is unable to participate in a sports because of this. Tremblay, who herself identifies as queer, decided to refocus the documentary around Crystal.[3][12]

In 2016, Tremblay was awarded a National Artist Fellowship at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.[13][14] As of March, 2017, Tremblay serves as Bustle's director of video; before joining Bustle, she worked for Hearst Digital Media.[15]


  1. ^ a b Korbelik, Jeff. "New documentary with Nebraska ties revisits 2011 Joplin tornado". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  2. ^ "'Tiny' film gets big exposure". Joplin Globe. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  3. ^ a b "In the Turn Takes Us Inside the World of Queer Roller Derby". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  4. ^ "Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, 116 dead". Reuters. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  5. ^ LIEB, DAVID A. "Records show Joplin twister was costliest since 1950". Journal Star. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  6. ^, Roger. "Tornado documentary has Joplin premiere". Joplin Globe. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  7. ^ Staff, 41 Action News (2012-05-20). "Joplin area native premiers documentary about May 22nd EF5 tornado". KSHB. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  8. ^ "Joplin native makes documentary about the tornado that devastated her hometown". Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  9. ^ Mosbergen, Dominique (2012-05-11). "Abi Almandinger's Joplin's Found Photos Project Returns Thousands Of Photographs To Tornado Survivors". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  10. ^ Lee, Cheril. "Heartland". Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  11. ^ Marsh, Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards, Don (November 15, 2012). "New Films Document Devastation, Hope In Aftermath Of Joplin Tornado". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  12. ^ a b "The State of LGBT Film in 2015". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  13. ^ "16 Native Awardees of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation for 2016 - Indian Country Media Network". Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  14. ^ "Native Arts, Cultures awards fellowships". Tahlequah Daily Press. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  15. ^ "Erica Tremblay Joins Bustle as Director of Video". Retrieved 2017-04-06.