ERIC LIN   |  DIRECTOR


BIO

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 career started with Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl”, starring Zoe Kazan and he has continued on to shoot a broad range of films, including Adam Salky’s addiction drama, “I Smile Back” (Sundance 2015); Meera Menon's corporate thriller, "Equity" (Sundance 2016); Sophie Goodhart's dark comedy "My Blind Brother" (SXSW 2016); and Brian Shoaf's psychology-centric dramedy, "Aardvark" (Tribeca 2017). "Hearts Beat Loud", a music driven dramedy by Brett Haley, premiered at Sundance 2018. Featuring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Toni Collete and Sasha Lane it was released theatrically by Gunpowder & Sky. His most recent film, “The Sound of Silence”, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones premiered in competition at Sundance 2019 and will be released theatrically by IFC Films. Lin’s commercial work includes projects for clients such as Nike, Miu Miu, Agent Provocateur, HP, DuPont, Mattel and SAP.


MUSIC VIDEOS

 


ASOBI SEKSU - "Trails"
 
Polyvinyl Records

 


CLIPS

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

UNCLAIMED (Excerpt)

A scene from the feature film script that was workshopped, shot and finished at the Film Independent Directors Lab. 

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