Erin Li focuses on originating, writing and directing character-driven, visually interesting and emotionally visceral films that expose audiences to under-represented worlds, people and ways of life – films that she hopes will entertain and inspire.
Born to immigrant parents in New Jersey, Erin Li’s path to filmmaking began in the fine arts world; she has painted and drawn since she could pick up a pencil. Li has studied painting at the Llotja School of Design and Art in Barcelona, Spain and her works have been showcased in New York and London.
She discovered her love of filmmaking at Carnegie Mellon University while producing short films in conjunction with PBS and the School of Drama. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in business administration and drama, Li worked in finance in New York and Hong Kong for several years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her passion.
Li’s most recent film, TO THE BONE, tells the story of one preteen migrant farmworker who attempts to defy the status quo with unintended consequences for herself and her family. It was one of six films greenlit and commissioned by Film Independent to explore themes of California and democracy. Erin directed and co-wrote this film as part of Film Independent’s Project:Involve fellowship program.
Li is currently developing a feature that is an adaptation of L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL, which screened at the Directors Guild of America during opening weekend of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Li as part of Visual Communication’s Armed with a Camera fellowship, is about a recently transplanted Chinese grandmother who enrolls in a school that claims to teach people how to start life anew. Other projects in the pipeline include a sci-fi feature set in the near future, a dramedy web series, a series of fashion lookbook films and several music videos.
She skydived in Queenstown, New Zealand to raise funds for UNICEF. Her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. Mango comes in at a close second.