Directed by Erica Jordan
In PAINTED NAILS we witness the American dream crumble when Van, a Vietnamese nail salon worker, discovers her health problems, including two miscarriages, are the result of toxic chemicals in the products used in her salon. She courageously becomes involved in the fight for safe cosmetics. Van transforms from a self-described shy woman who speaks minimal English to a forthright advocate who testifies before Congress. In Washington, DC, at hearings for the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, Van, now pregnant, steps forward to speak out for all people exposed to the toxic chemicals in personal care products.
Inspired by dance, photography and politics throughout her youth, at eighteen Erica Jordan picked up her first 16mm film camera and never looked back. She gained early recognition with her first short film Dance for One, screening for enthusiastic audiences at many film festivals. She went on to receive the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at Rivertown Film Festival for her feature film Walls of Sand, about the friendship between two women, an undocumented Iranian and an agoraphobic American, and their search for freedom. Walls of Sand won Honorable Mention at Slamdance Film Festival and gained international attention as the first feature film selected to stream over the Internet. Erica is now in post-production on a new documentary Bound to Freedom, to be released in 2017.
Her scope encompasses writing, producing, directing and editing documentary and narrative features that entertain, as they expand into a deeper view of the world.