Recently Jim McKay's En el Séptimo Día, had its world premiere, selected the Centerpiece Film at the BAMcinemaFest2017. DPd by Libin last summer, the dramatic feature is a look at the lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in Brooklyn. 'En el Séptimo Día' has a bone-deep humanity-that-transcends-technique that reaches right back to Cassavetes, yet it’s also exquisitely made: a micro-budget drama that’s less scrappy than classical. Each elegantly framed shot, every deftly observed moment expresses something organic and moving." Owen Gleiberman, Chief Film Critic, Variety, June 2017.
"Breathtakingly beautiful widescreen cinematography that deserves to be seen on a big screen", Sight & Sound Magazine, June 2014, describes Charles Libin's work on Byamba Sakhya's dramatic feature debut Remote Control, a 2014 Camerimage Selection and winner of the 2013 Busan IFF New Current Award. Libin has done camerawork on numerous Jonathan Demme projects including his trilogy of Neil Young Performance Films, Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Rachel Getting Married, and Ricki & The Flash. Libin recently DPd What's Motivating Hayes, a Demme documentary, produced by Alex Gibney for Amazon, described by Huffpost's Carroll F. Gray as "Beautifully shot with an economy of style that is sheer genius". Libin DPd Billy Kent's HairBrained, starring Brendan Fraser, Julia Garner, Alex Wolff, and Parker Posey. "Billy Kent's charming HairBrained comes from a long legacy of collegiate comedies, finds its own identity", 2013 Village Voice. Charles Libin's debut feature as DP, the 9/11 thriller Able Danger, directed by Dave Herman and starring Elina Löwensohn, was a 2008 NY Magazine Critics Pick - "Noir on Acid", NY Times - "Gorgeously photographed", TV Guide. Libin's recent doc work includes Christopher Quinn's upcoming Eating Animals, based on Jonathan Safran Foer's memoir, and Christopher Wilcha's Another Day Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, Showtime. In shorter forms, Libin DPd the Zhang Yuan directed campaign for United Colors of Benetton, Bob Dylan's tribute performance of Johnny Cash's Train of Love, various commercials and HBO promos. Libin and gaffer David Skutch are co-designer/inventors of the RUBY 7, a film lighting fixture. Libin grew up on West 100th Street in NYC and studied film at SUNY Purchase College.