Erica Liu

I named my camera Irving Penn.

ERICA LIU is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In 2015, Erica was one of ten directors selected to participate in the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women. Her films have screened at AFI Fest, Clermont-Ferrand and Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest, among other festivals. Erica’s short film, SPRINGTIME, received the Crystal Heart Award at Heartland Film Festival and aired on public television nationwide via KQED and affiliate stations. THE DISAPPOINTMENT TOUR received a Panavision New Filmmaker grant and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation grant.

Erica majored in history and political science at UCLA. She spent several years working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer before moving halfway around the world to pursue adventure and an MFA from NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore. She proceeded to spend the next five years shooting and working throughout Asia and has collaborated with companies including BBC, Google, China Film Group. As a cinematographer, she has lensed numerous documentaries and short films in Asia, including CAHAYA (Indonesia) which screened at Berlinale.

Erica is currently incubating her first feature, THE MUSHROOMERS, a film about estranged family relationships, super fungi and the idiosyncratic ways in which we mourn. It was a finalist for the 2017 NYU Sloan Feature Award.