The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, directed by Thom Zimny, had its world premiere at the SXSW 2019 Film Festival... “Zimny should be funded to make a dozen such movies, each at whatever length its subject demands. Quickly, please. Zimny uses much more of the subject's own voice to tell this tale than he did in The Searcher — thanks to the plentiful interview tapes the singer recorded with Patrick Carr as the two wrote 1997's Cash: The Autobiography. But as in the Presley film, all interviewees are kept off the screen, to hypnotic effect: Bruce Springsteen, poet Paul Muldoon, Emmylou Harris and others share their insights while we see only film clips and stills from the time, many of them previously unreleased. (Evocative, person-free new footage brings some of the places in Cash's story to life.)” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter. Libin recently completed principal photography on Amy Miller Gross’s The Pleasure of Your Presence. The film was shot this past fall on Long Island’s East End and stars Alicia Silverstone, who is also the executive producer. Jim McKay’s En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day) was a 2019 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award Winner, and is among Hollywood Reporter's and ArtForum's 10 Best Films of the year. "En el Séptimo Día has a bone-deep humanity-that-transcends-technique and reaches right back to Cassavetes... Each elegantly framed shot, every deftly observed moment expresses something organic and moving... Exquisitely crafted... Confident and captivating." - Owen Gleiberman, Chief Film Critic, Variety ✵ "A work of unforced charm, a neorealist marvel. Cinematographer Charles Libin, who has ample experience in nonfiction film, shoots the action with a documentary directness that serves the material well. But there's a touch of artful wryness too, bright and unfussy, in the way he and McKay frame this city story." - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter ✵ "A feel-good crowdpleaser - a rousing sports movie... harkens back to classic neorealist traditions... A form of masterful understatement. This is a great New York movie about real New Yorkers who deserve the spotlight more often." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire ✵ "Gave me more pleasure than any film I’ve seen in a while. Much of that pleasure comes from sheer visual satisfaction, prompted by the joy that cinematographer Charles Libin finds in every street corner, walk-up apartment, and stretch of public park. To get this kind of cinematography, which releases the inner light of things rather than imposing a vision on them, it helps to have a director with McKay’s crisp, self-effacing style." - Stuart Klawans, The Nation ✵ "McKay observes the life of a Mexican immigrant through a poetic lens - compassionately documenting raw emotion." - Kyle Kohner, The Playlist.
"Breathtakingly beautiful widescreen cinematography that deserves to be seen on a big screen", Sight & Sound Magazine, describes Charles Libin's work on Byamba Sakhya's dramatic feature debut Remote Control, a 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, Ricki & The Flash, and Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. Libin recently DPd What's Motivating Hayes, a Demme documentary, produced by Alex Gibney for Amazon "Beautifully shot with an economy of style that is sheer genius", Carroll F. Gray, Huffpost. 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", 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 NY Magazine Critics Pick ✵ "Noir on Acid", NY Times ✵ "Gorgeously photographed", TV Guide ✵ In shorter forms, Libin DPd the current CDC Anti-Smoking Tips directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn, the Zhang Yuan directed campaign for United Colors of Benetton, a variety of commercials, HBO and F/X promos, and Bob Dylan's Train of Love tribute performance to Johnny Cash on TNT. 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.