Born to immigrant parents in New Jersey, Erin Li’s path to filmmaking began in the fine arts world. 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.
Based in Los Angeles, Li is currently adapting her sci-fi short, KEPLER X-47, into a feature. The dystopian film is about a woman who unknowingly volunteers to live in a human zoo on an alien planet, forcing her to adapt to a new life. KEPLER X-47 was recently curated for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Young Directors Night in April 2014, with Elvis Mitchell hosting. KEPLER X-47 was produced as part of AFI's Directing Workshop for Women and screened at the AFI DWW showcase at the Directors Guild of America. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Golden Reel Award for excellence in short film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Best Short Film award at The Geekie Awards 2014.
Films that she's directed and helped produce have screened at: Slamdance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, CAAM Fest, Cleveland International Film Festival; they have also been distributed by HBO, Showtime and Channel 4.