A pre-teen migrant farmworker attempts to rebel against the status quo with unintended consequences for herself and her family.
* “What happens next will leave you with your jaw hanging” Mitu
* “Beautifully crafted…an exquisitely-executed, tragic tale” What it Do
* “staunch, dedicated performances, beautifully-shot…definitely not a film to miss” Slug Magazine
* “enjoy your last bite of ignorant bliss” Upworthy
* “Loved the characters and the conflict” Short of the Week
* Cinema Without Borders Critic’s Pick
Thank you for all your support! A special thanks to the Vimeo staff for selecting our film as a "Staff Pick" and to Upworthy.com for featuring our film. Check out a clip from my newest film, KEPLER X-47, here: vimeo.com/erinli/thehumanzoo
I first learned about the plight of child migrant farmworkers in the U.S. from an article written by Human Rights Watch, and it inspired me to tell their story. For more info, please visit: ErinLi.com/To-the-Bone/
STARRING Naomie Feliu, Jaime Alvarez, Carlos C. Torres, Maria Elena Laas, Eliezer Ortiz
Directed By Erin Li
Written By Silka Luisa & Erin Li
Produced By Ella Franklin
Line Producer San-San Onglatco
Director of Photography Christina Carrea
Editor Susumu Kimura
Composer Dan Mufson
AWARDS, FESTIVALS, SHOWCASES
Film of the Week, YourWorldView.org
Best Drama, Hammer Museum - Open Projector Night
Best Actor Nominee, MiniCinema
Finalist, Hammer to Nail
World Premiere, Slamdance Film Festival
San Luis Obispo Int'l Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Women's History Month Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
FIND Project Involve Showcase, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS AND TALKS:
A Place Called Home, South Central Los Angeles
Girl Scouts NYC
New Roads Elementary and Secondary School, Los Angeles
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born to immigrant parents and raised in New Jersey, Erin Li discovered her love for filmmaking at Carnegie Mellon University. After college, Li worked in finance in New York and Hong Kong before changing career paths to pursue her passion for filmmaking.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Li worked her way up from intern to co-producer over eight feature documentary films spanning diverse subjects such as Iceberg Slim, Sarah Palin, the Insane Clown Posse, 1930s female jazz instrumentalists, and Tom Bradley. She recently co-produced HBO’s Academy short-listed TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER, directed by Nick Broomfield.
SHOOT named Li as a helmer to watch in their worldwide search for the next generation of directors. Li has directed content for (RED), General Electric, Call of Duty, and Omaze.
Films that Li directed have been backed by Film Independent, AFI, and Visual Communications, Panavision, and praised by Upworthy, Gizmodo, SciFiNow, We Are Mitú, and Huffington Post.
Li's films have also screened at Slamdance, LACMA, BFI, the Academy for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, SITGES Film Festival, Comic-Con, Los Angeles Film Festival, American Cinematheque, and been recognized as a Vimeo Staff Pick and Hammer-to-Nail Finalist. Killer Films curated LA COFFIN SCHOOL for Refinery29’s 29 Rooms installation as part of 2016 New York Fashion Week.
Li most recently won the Mary Shelley Prize for directing KEPLER X-47, starring Bella Dayne (HUMANS, MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE).