En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day) opens in NYC June 8 at BAM and IFC! ArtForum's Amy Taubin named Jim McKay’s En el Séptimo Día one of the Ten Best Films of the year.  En el Séptimo Día was a Golden Leopard Nominee at the Locarno International Film Festival, having had its world premiere at the BAMcinemaFest, the Centerpiece Film.  ✵ "En el Séptimo Día has a bone-deep humanity-that-transcends-technique, that reaches right back to Cassavetes... Each elegantly framed shot, every deftly observed moment expresses something organic and moving." 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 ✵ "The cast is composed of nonprofessional actors, and they are all splendidly, unselfconsciously real. Cinematographer Charles Libin is good at moving the camera and stealing exteriors, and McKay’s improvised documentary approach to street life (lots of close-ups of people who don’t figure in the cast of characters) deepens the movie, allowing us to see the world that José and his teammates only precariously inhabit." Amy Taubin, ArtForum ✵  "En El Séptimo Dia, is the summer’s surprise crowdpleaser... harkens back to classic neorealist traditions. This is a great New York movie about real New Yorkers who deserve the spotlight more often." Eric Kohn, Indiewire  ✵ "McKay observes the life of a Mexican immigrant through a poetic lens - compassionately documenting raw emotion... An extraordinary yet reserved account of the charm within life’s repetition. McKay’s latest work of art is an ode to those who fight for that glimmer of hope this country claims."  Kyle Kohner, The Playlist ✵ "The best thing about McKay’s film is how well the filmmaker uses his setting. En el Séptimo Dia is a wonderfully New York movie, a film that’s more about the rhythms of an entire city, a city that McKay understands and captures vividly." Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert ✵  "Jim McKay’s En El Séptimo Día is a triumph, a compassionate, warm, and deeply humane tribute to the everyday existence of undocumented workers... It's simply perfect." Nico Chapin, The Knockturnal 

 "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, Ricki & The Flash, and Justin Timberlake.  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. In shorter forms, Libin DPd the current CDC Anti-Smoking campaign "Tips" directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn, the Zhang Yuan directed campaign for United Colors of Benetton, Bob Dylan's tribute performance of Johnny Cash's Train of Love, and a variety of 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.

        Charles Libin - Director of Photography - Features & Documentaries    2017    En el Séptimo Día  ,  Dir: Jim McKay, Prod: Jim McKay, Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe, Exec Prod: John S. Johnson  ~ World Premiere - Centerpiece Film - BAM CinemaFest 2017 #BAMcinemaFest ~Golden Leopard Nominee Locarno International Film Festival 2017 #Locarno70   ~AFI Latin American Film Festival 2017   #AFILatinFilm   ~Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 #VIFF ~Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 #HIFF25    2015    What's Motivating Hayes,   Dir: Jonathan Demme, Prod: Alex Gibney ~ Best Conservation Hero Award, New York WILD Film Festival, 2016   2014    Remote Control,   Dir: Byamba Sakhya, Prod: Ariyunaa Tserenpil, Innbo Shim   ~2014 Camerimage Official Selection, ~2013 New Currents Award, Busan IFF    2013    HairBrained,  Dir: Billy Kent, Prod: Sarah Bird   2012    Enzo Avitabile  , Dir: Jonathan Demme, co-DoP: Vincenzo Pascolo, Prod: Davide Azzolini    2010    Sufjan Stevens Adz,   performance film,  Co-Dir: Sufjan Stevens - Prod: Rocco Caruso    2008    Able Danger  , Dir: Dave Herman, Prod: Martina Neverman     2006     Mathew Barney, No Restraint , Dir: Alison Chernick, co-DoPs: Toshiaki Ozawa, Robert Leacock, Prod: Nadja Romain   2003    Rise: Rave Outlaw Disco Donnie,  Dir: Julie Drazen, Prod: Summer Forest-Hoeckel      Additional Camerawork -  (job description) *                2018    Escape at Dannemora , Showtime, Dir: Ben Stiller, DoP: Jessica Lee Gagné  - (DoP 2nd Unit)*     Land of Steady Habits,  Dir: Nicole Holofcener, DoP: Alar Kivilo, ASC,  CSC - (Cam Op)*   Alex Strangelove,  Dir: Craig Johnson, DoP: Hillary Spera - (Cam Op)*   2017    Wizard of Lies,   HBO, Dir: Barry Levinson, DoP: Eigil Bryld - (Cam Op)  *    2016    The Night of,  HBO, Dir: Steve Zaillian, DoP: Robert Elswit, ASC (pilot) ~2016 Camerimage Winner Golden Frog Best Pilot ~2017 Emmy Cinematography For a Limited Series or Movie DoP: Fred Elmes, ASC,  ~2017 ASC Winner Cinematography, DoP Igor Martinovic - (DoP 2nd Unit)*     2014    Rikki and the Flash,  Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op)*   The Cobbler,  Dir: Thomas McCarthy, DoP: Mott Hupfel - (DoP 2nd Unit)*   2013    The Normal Heart,  HBO, Dir: Ryan Murphy, DoP: Danny Moder ~ 2014 Emmy Nom Cinematography, ~2014 OFTA Nom Cinematography  - (Cam Op)*   Captain Phillips , Dir: Paul Greengrass, DoP: Barry Ackroyd, BSC ~2014  BAFTA Nom Cinematography, ~2014 ASC Nom Cinematography - (Cam Op Boston)*   House of Cards , pilot, Netflix, Dir: David Fincher, DoP: Eigil Bryld ~ 2103 Emmy Winner Cinematography  - (Cam Op)*    Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis,  Showtime ,   Dir: Christopher Wilcha, DoP: Adam Beckman - (DoP Backstage)*    2012    Not Fade Away , Dir: David Chase, DoP: Eigil Bryld - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*   Mildred Pierce,   HBO, Dir: Todd Haynes, DoP: Ed Lachman, ASC   ~2011 Emmy Nom Cinematography, ~2012 ASC Nom Cinematography   - (DoP 2nd Unit)*     2011    Boardwalk Empire  , pilot, HBO, Dir: Martin Scorsese, DoP: Stuart Dryburgh, ASC  ~2011 Emmy Nom Cinematography   - (DoP 2nd Unit)*    Too Big to Fail,  HBO, Dir: Curtis Hanson, DoP: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC   ~2011 Emmy Nom Cinematography  - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*   Neil Young Journeys,  Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op & Add'l Photography)*   The Miraculous Year,  HBO ,  Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, DoP: Barry Ackroyd, BSC - (Cam Op)*   2010    You Don't Know Jack,  HBO, Dir: Barry Levinson, DoP: Eigil Bryld   ~2010 Emmy Nom Cinematography  - (Cam Op)*  Henry's Crime, Dir: Malcolm Venville, DoP: Paul Cameron, ASC - (Cam Op)*   2009    Taking Chance,  HBO, Dir: Ross Katz, DoP: Alar Kivilo, ASC, CSC, ESC   ~2010 ASC Award Winner Cinematography  - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*   Private Lives of Pippa Lee , Dir: Rebecca Miller, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*   Precious , Dir: Lee Daniels, DoP: Andrew Dunn, BSC - (Cam Op)*   2008    Rachel Getting Married , Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op)*   Be Kind, Rewind , Dir: Michel Gondry, DoP: Ellen Kuras, ASC - (Cam Op)*   2007    Berlin,  Dir: Julian Schnabel, DoP: Ellen Kuras, ASC - (Cam Op)*   Then She Found Me , Dir: Helen Hunt, DoP: Peter Donahue - (Cam Op)*   2006    Neil Young Heart of Gold , Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Ellen Kuras, ASC - (Cam Op)*   American Combatant,  DoP: Jimmy Joe Roche & Paul Cameron, ASC - (Dir)*   1998    Rock Lobster, B-52's Time Capsule , Co-Dir/DoP: Paul Cameron, ASC - (Co-Dir)*   1996    Trees Lounge , Dir: Steve Buscemi, DoP: Lisa Rinzler - (Cam Op)*   Looking for Richard , Dir: Al Pacino, DoP: Robert Leacock - (Gaffer)*   1995    Errol Morris Interrotron Stories: Digging Up the Past,  Dir: Errol Morris, DoP: Christoph Lanzenberg - (Gaffer)*   1994    Between the Teeth , Dir: David Byrne & David Wild, DoP: Roger Tonry - (Gaffer)*   1992    In the Soup , Dir: Alex Rockwell, DoP: Phil Parmet - (Add'l Cinematography, Gaffer)*   1990    End of the Night , Dir: Keith McNally, DoP: Tom DiCillo - (Gaffer)*      "I like futility of effort. The uphill road to failure is a very human thing."  -   J.P. Melville   "Those boys are always on the side of the underdog"  -   Jack Warner referring to the Epstein Brothers (writers of Casablanca) naming them to HUAC.   "The lunatic fringe wags the underdog"  -   H.L. Mencken   "I am on the side of the underdog except when I am on the side of the rich"    - Errol Flynn   "My life was saved by rock 'n roll"  -  Wim Wenders   "Make your interactions with people tranformational, not just transactional"   - Patti Smith  " There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."   - Malcom X   "I like finding a great shot and then just staying with it for a long time, not trying to pump things up with some kind of artificial energy by cutting" -  Jonathan Demme   "Your must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on."  Samuel Becket     
  
 
  
    
  
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Charles Libin - Director of Photography - Features & Documentaries

2017

En el Séptimo DíaDir: Jim McKay, Prod: Jim McKay, Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe, Exec Prod: John S. Johnson ~World Premiere - Centerpiece Film - BAM CinemaFest 2017 #BAMcinemaFest ~Golden Leopard Nominee Locarno International Film Festival 2017 #Locarno70  ~AFI Latin American Film Festival 2017 #AFILatinFilm ~Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 #VIFF ~Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 #HIFF25

2015

What's Motivating Hayes, Dir: Jonathan Demme, Prod: Alex Gibney ~Best Conservation Hero Award, New York WILD Film Festival, 2016

2014

Remote Control, Dir: Byamba Sakhya, Prod: Ariyunaa Tserenpil, Innbo Shim ~2014 Camerimage Official Selection, ~2013 New Currents Award, Busan IFF

2013

HairBrained, Dir: Billy Kent, Prod: Sarah Bird

2012

Enzo Avitabile, Dir: Jonathan Demme, co-DoP: Vincenzo Pascolo, Prod: Davide Azzolini

2010

Sufjan Stevens Adz, performance film,  Co-Dir: Sufjan Stevens - Prod: Rocco Caruso

2008

Able Danger, Dir: Dave Herman, Prod: Martina Neverman

2006

Mathew Barney, No Restraint, Dir: Alison Chernick, co-DoPs: Toshiaki Ozawa, Robert Leacock, Prod: Nadja Romain

2003

Rise: Rave Outlaw Disco Donnie, Dir: Julie Drazen, Prod: Summer Forest-Hoeckel

 

Additional Camerawork -  (job description) *            

2018

Escape at Dannemora, Showtime, Dir: Ben Stiller, DoP: Jessica Lee Gagné  - (DoP 2nd Unit)*  

Land of Steady Habits, Dir: Nicole Holofcener, DoP: Alar Kivilo, ASC,  CSC - (Cam Op)*

Alex Strangelove, Dir: Craig Johnson, DoP: Hillary Spera - (Cam Op)*

2017

Wizard of Lies, HBO, Dir: Barry Levinson, DoP: Eigil Bryld - (Cam Op)*

2016

The Night of, HBO, Dir: Steve Zaillian, DoP: Robert Elswit, ASC (pilot) ~2016 Camerimage Winner Golden Frog Best Pilot ~2017 Emmy Cinematography For a Limited Series or Movie DoP: Fred Elmes, ASC,  ~2017 ASC Winner Cinematography, DoP Igor Martinovic - (DoP 2nd Unit)*  

2014

Rikki and the Flash, Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op)*

The Cobbler, Dir: Thomas McCarthy, DoP: Mott Hupfel - (DoP 2nd Unit)*

2013

The Normal Heart, HBO, Dir: Ryan Murphy, DoP: Danny Moder ~2014 Emmy Nom Cinematography, ~2014 OFTA Nom Cinematography - (Cam Op)*

Captain Phillips, Dir: Paul Greengrass, DoP: Barry Ackroyd, BSC ~2014  BAFTA Nom Cinematography, ~2014 ASC Nom Cinematography - (Cam Op Boston)*

House of Cards, pilot, Netflix, Dir: David Fincher, DoP: Eigil Bryld ~2103 Emmy Winner Cinematography - (Cam Op)* 

Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, ShowtimeDir: Christopher Wilcha, DoP: Adam Beckman - (DoP Backstage)*

2012

Not Fade Away, Dir: David Chase, DoP: Eigil Bryld - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*

Mildred Pierce, HBO, Dir: Todd Haynes, DoP: Ed Lachman, ASC ~2011 Emmy Nom Cinematography, ~2012 ASC Nom Cinematography - (DoP 2nd Unit)* 

2011

Boardwalk Empire, pilot, HBO, Dir: Martin Scorsese, DoP: Stuart Dryburgh, ASC  ~2011 Emmy Nom Cinematography - (DoP 2nd Unit)*

Too Big to Fail, HBO, Dir: Curtis Hanson, DoP: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC  ~2011 Emmy Nom Cinematography - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*

Neil Young Journeys, Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op & Add'l Photography)*

The Miraculous Year, HBODir: Kathryn Bigelow, DoP: Barry Ackroyd, BSC - (Cam Op)*

2010

You Don't Know Jack, HBO, Dir: Barry Levinson, DoP: Eigil Bryld  ~2010 Emmy Nom Cinematography - (Cam Op)*

Henry's Crime, Dir: Malcolm Venville, DoP: Paul Cameron, ASC - (Cam Op)*

2009

Taking Chance, HBO, Dir: Ross Katz, DoP: Alar Kivilo, ASC, CSC, ESC  ~2010 ASC Award Winner Cinematography - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*

Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Dir: Rebecca Miller, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op & DoP 2nd Unit)*

Precious, Dir: Lee Daniels, DoP: Andrew Dunn, BSC - (Cam Op)*

2008

Rachel Getting Married, Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Declan Quinn, ASC - (Cam Op)*

Be Kind, Rewind, Dir: Michel Gondry, DoP: Ellen Kuras, ASC - (Cam Op)*

2007

Berlin, Dir: Julian Schnabel, DoP: Ellen Kuras, ASC - (Cam Op)*

Then She Found Me, Dir: Helen Hunt, DoP: Peter Donahue - (Cam Op)*

2006

Neil Young Heart of Gold, Dir: Jonathan Demme, DoP: Ellen Kuras, ASC - (Cam Op)*

American Combatant, DoP: Jimmy Joe Roche & Paul Cameron, ASC - (Dir)*

1998

Rock Lobster, B-52's Time Capsule, Co-Dir/DoP: Paul Cameron, ASC - (Co-Dir)*

1996

Trees Lounge, Dir: Steve Buscemi, DoP: Lisa Rinzler - (Cam Op)*

Looking for Richard, Dir: Al Pacino, DoP: Robert Leacock - (Gaffer)*

1995

Errol Morris Interrotron Stories: Digging Up the Past, Dir: Errol Morris, DoP: Christoph Lanzenberg - (Gaffer)*

1994

Between the Teeth, Dir: David Byrne & David Wild, DoP: Roger Tonry - (Gaffer)*

1992

In the Soup, Dir: Alex Rockwell, DoP: Phil Parmet - (Add'l Cinematography, Gaffer)*

1990

End of the Night, Dir: Keith McNally, DoP: Tom DiCillo - (Gaffer)*

 

"I like futility of effort. The uphill road to failure is a very human thing."  -  J.P. Melville

"Those boys are always on the side of the underdog"  -  Jack Warner referring to the Epstein Brothers (writers of Casablanca) naming them to HUAC.

"The lunatic fringe wags the underdog"  -  H.L. Mencken

"I am on the side of the underdog except when I am on the side of the rich"   - Errol Flynn

"My life was saved by rock 'n roll"  - Wim Wenders

"Make your interactions with people tranformational, not just transactional"  - Patti Smith

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."  - Malcom X

"I like finding a great shot and then just staying with it for a long time, not trying to pump things up with some kind of artificial energy by cutting" - Jonathan Demme

"Your must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on." Samuel Becket