Jim McKay's En el Séptimo Día has been selected for the International Competition at Locarno Festival 2017 in August, having had its world premiere, the Centerpiece Film, at the BAMcinemaFest2017 ✵ "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 ✵ "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, June 2017 ✵ "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, June 2017 ✵ "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, June 2017 ✵ "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, June 2017 ✵ "Jim McKay’s En El Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day) 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, June 2017 ✵ "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, 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, 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 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.