It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Erin Franklyn is the recipient of The WIFTS Career Achievement Award 2015 for her transition from a career, running a psychologist's office for Victims of Crime and moonlighting as an assistant to a private investigator, to working in the Movie industry as a studio film and construction grip. One of the toughest behind the scenes jobs.
Erin Franklyn began her film production career in the independent film world and quickly found her way to the studio lots on big budget feature films and popular television shows.
Third generation Film, Erin literally grew up on the set! Her parents and grandparents worked with some of the greats from film history. Erin's grandmother, Hazel Franklyn, was a producer, musician and actress who appeared on Dragnet and other Television Roles and films. She played Vampira opposite Bella Lugosi in The Vampire's Tomb the '50s.
Her grandfather, Irwin R. Franklyn, was a writer, producer and director who'd worked with Frank Capra, Ed Wood, Martin Mooney and many others. He was one of the Founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also had a press agency in Beverly Hills for many years.
Erin's father, Fred Franklyn, was a talented actor and writer, a member of the Writers Guild, SAG and on the Screen Actors Guild Telecommunications Committee. He was known for the 'I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing' Alka Seltzer commercial and many character roles. He was a Japanese film critic and a Beat Poet. Erin's mother, Megan Doherty, was a producer/story editor and an early member of Women in Film while Erin was growing up. Megan is currently a talented, published author.
Erin has been a member of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), in good standing for almost two decades. Her work spans from AC, Grip/Electric, Audio/Video, Stagehand, Set Dressing & Props, Construction, AD on up to Literary and more.
Franklyn attended AFI, has completed numerous film industry courses and acquired requisite certificates. Currently she has caught the Writer/Producer bug and is developing projects. Along with her business partner, Andre Roberson, of the Let's Rethink Hunger Organization, Franklyn is also in the development stages of building a studio in Orange County.
On her journey to where she is today, Erin Franklyn comments: "Life is a mystery and what a ride! It has made me more grateful than most, to wake up every day. I don't Have to do today... I get to do today. I want to know the secrets of the Universe and troubleshoot for optimum results. I believe in thinking big! It's okay to play in big sandboxes as long as it is with good intent. Time is money, and problem solving is my game. There are no walls, only misconceptions. I am not what I do. I love a challenge! Success is even better!!"
Erin Franklyn is a member of Women in Film and IATSE.
In her spare time, Erin works with the homeless, animal rescues and with people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Married and blessed with two beautiful sons, Erin flies by the seat of her pants. She strives for progress not perfection and works on appreciating the process of evolution.