Erik Greenberg Anjou is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A.), Northwestern University (M.A.) and the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies (Directing Fellow). Although the subject of his work ranges from Ivy League football to abstract expressionist painting, Erik has a particular passion for Jewish and Israeli-driven content. His recent endeavor as a screenwriter is You Shall Not Kill, adapted from a novel by Uri Oren. Two previous feature-length documentaries – A Cantor’s Tale and The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground – are about sacred music and klezmer music. They have screened at nearly two hundred international film festivals and have captured top festival prizes in Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Miami, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
Erik’s documentaries have received support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, the Maurice Amado Foundation, the Karma Foundation, and the Nash Family Foundation, among others. His current efforts again bridge the span between narrative and documentary forms.
In addition to Deli Man, Erik is the writer/director of the upcoming La Fatura (The Favor), produced by Stephen Greenwald and executive produced by Fred Zollo. He is adapting Warren Adler’s novel, Residue, for Grey Eagle Films and the big screen. Just to make sure he stays busy, Erik teaches film as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.