ERIC LIN | DIRECTOR
Eric Lin first started making films while studying sociology and film criticism at UC Berkeley. His passion for visual storytelling led him to New York University's Graduate Film Program, where he earned his MFA.
While there, his short documentary, "Music Palace", was nominated for a Student Academy Award and it was bought by the Independent Film Channel. His short films have screened at festivals such as Telluride, New Directors/New Films, and Clermont-Ferrand. His work has received support from the C.V. Starr Institute, the Oppenheimer New Filmmakers Grant, and New York State Council for the Arts. His feature film project, "Unclaimed" (previously titled "Why We Pull the Trigger"), was selected to be part of Film Independent's Directors Lab. In addition, the script won the NYU Richard Vague Production Award, and was a semifinalist for both the Nicholl Fellowship and the first Netflix Find Your Voice Competition.
Eric is also an accomplished cinematographer. His feature film work includes films such as Bradley Rust Gray’s, “The Exploding Girl”; William H. Macy’s directorial debut, "Rudderless," starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Laurence Fishburne and Selena Gomez; and Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back”, starring Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles. His most recent projects include Meera Menon's "Equity," featuring Anna Gunn and James Purefoy, which premiered in competition at Sundance 2016; and Sophie Goodhart's "My Blind Brother," with Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, and Jenny Slate, which premiered at SXSW 2016. He recently completed production on Brian Shoaf's feature, "Aardvark," starring Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate and Jon Hamm. Based in Brooklyn, Lin’s work has taken him abroad to Hong Kong, Cuba, Iceland and Haiti. He has shot commercial projects for clients such as Miu Miu, Agent Provocateur, HP, DuPont, Mattel and SAP.
UNCLAIMED (feature film)
Three desperate friends who work in the city morgue find a way out of their dead-end lives by selling unclaimed human remains on the black market.
In the near future, when all the fresh waterways are toxic, a water smuggler and his wife must chose between their own future and that of their community.
ASOBI SEKSU - "Trails"
A compilation of scenes from the feature film script that were workshopped, shot and finished at the Film Independent Directors Lab.
MUSIC PALACE (short documentary)
35mm, 9 minutes, B&W, 2005
Once a central part of communal life, Chinatown's movie palaces are nearing extinction. As New York's last Chinatown movie theater is about to close, its caretakers ruefully look back at the life that was.
Official Selection: New Directors/New Films, Telluride, BAMCinematek, Silverdocs
Student Academy Award – Nominee
WHAT REMAINS (short narrative)
35mm, 15 minutes, Color, 2006
While delivering a body to a funeral home, two brothers are forced to confront the distance between them when their van breaks down in the middle of nowhere. What Remains is a dramatic short film that asks: when it comes to family, how much is enough?
Official Selection: Santa Barbara International Film Festival – BAFTA Short Film Award Runner Up, Mill Valley, Angelus Award – Semi-finalist, VC FIlmfest – Golden Reel Nominee