Erica Liu


I named my camera Irving Penn.

ERICA LIU is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker who was born and raised within arm’s reach of Hollywood. As an undergrad, she majored in history and political science at UCLA. Her studies in history and experience interning at Glendale News-Press eventually coalesced into an appreciation for a good narrative. Erica then worked for several years as a freelance photographer and graphic designer before moving halfway around the world to pursue adventure and her filmmaking dreams at NYU Tisch Asia. She spent the next five years shooting throughout Asia. She has worked with companies such as Google and China Film Group. As a cinematographer, she has lensed numerous documentaries and short films in Asia, including “Cahaya,” (Indonesia) which screened at Berlinale in 2013.

In 2015, Erica was one of ten directors selected to participate in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Her DWW short, The Disappointment Tour, is currently in post.

Erica’s most recent short film, “Springtime,” screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest and Jameson Dublin Film Festival among others and received the Crystal Heart Award at Heartland Film Festival. It aired on public television nationwide via KQED and affiliate stations in 2014.