Filmmaker and photographer Sam Erickson is the founder of 44 Pictures, a Brooklyn-based production company with strong roots in the music industry that has created programming for Bravo, MTV, and Fuse, among other outlets.
As a rock photographer, Sam has captured such icons as Dave Matthews Band and Jon Bon Jovi, and has shown his work at New York’s Morrison Hotel gallery. His love of music — and his deep interest in the creative processes behind it — eventually drew him into video and film. He went on to direct concert DVDs, music videos, and documentaries featuring such influential musicians and performers as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Keith Urban.
Sam has created documentary and performance series for cable television. He recently wrapped production on a travel series called "Young Broke & Beautiful" for IFC, which documents the underground scene in various American cities. He also created a series for American Express called "Pairings," which brings together musicians, chefs, and winemakers. Past TV credits include biographical documentaries for BRAVO on Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Matthews.
Having studied sociology and anthropology at Swarthmore College, Sam learned early on to observe subjects closely in their own environments before superimposing his creative vision. His time at Swarthmore also saw him develop a passion for the history and practice of still photography, along with an appreciation for the documentary films of D. A. Pennebaker, the Maysles Brothers, and Errol Morris.