Liz Hinlein is an award winning director and director of photography who has directed and shot features, commercials, music videos, web series, reality TV and short films.
Her first short as a writer/ director White Boy’s Can’t, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, won best short at the Blackwatch film festival, and was distributed throughout Europe. Her next short Mistress Ruby, premiered at the Slamdance film festival, won the audience award at the NY Indie Film Festival and played on Comedy Central. Her following short film, Haute Voltage premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, and was featured on the Slamdance DVD compilation; The Dirty Dozen/ Twelve Angry Women.
As a commercial director Liz has traveled the world working with high profile clients such as Dove, Revlon, Maybelline, Olay, Woolite, and Nivea among others. She has directed Halle Berry for Revlon and most recently her Dove commercial Misti screened prime time during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her directing experience also includes working with Britney Spears in her Fox TV special, There’s No Place Like Home and Mary J. Blige in her South African Tour movie.
As a director of photography Liz shot the 2009 feature film, Fifth Form which so far has won the Gold Award at Worldfest and Best Narrative at the Urban Suburban Films Festival. In 2009 she also shot two web series; the high profile Candice Bushnell written/Maybelline sponsored, The Broadroom, staring the ensemble cast of Jennie Garth, Jennifer Esposito, Talia Balsam, and Mary McCann and the popular All about Me series for Strike TV. She also shot for the upcoming black women in rock documentary, Nice and Rough staring Nona Hendrix and Cindy Blackman. Previously Liz assisted the cinematographer, Rodrigo Prieto, ASC on the Kevin Macdonald feature film, State of Play.
Liz holds a BFA in directing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute. She currently resides in Topanga, California with her husband Edward.