Father's Day Sunday June 18, Jim McKay's En el Séptimo Día, will have its world premiere, selected the Centerpiece Film at the upcoming BAMcinemaFest2017. McKay's Brooklyn-based film was DPd by Libin last summer. It's a story of undocumented Mexican immigrants who work long hours six days a week, then savor their day of rest Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park Brooklyn. http://www.bam.org/bamcinemafest.
"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, winner of the 2013 Busan IFF New Current Award, 2014 Anonimul IFF at Bucharest Grand Prize Audience Award, 2013 Mongolian Film Council Best Dramatic Film Award, nominated for the 2014 IFF at Rotterdam Lions Film Award, and 2014 Seattle IFF First Feature Award. Libin has done camerawork on numerous Jonathan Demme films 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 documentary directed by Demme, produced by Alex Gibney for Amazon, "Beautifully shot with an economy of style that is sheer genius", Huffpost's Carroll F. Gray. 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 the backstage segments for Showtime's Another Day Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. In shorter forms, Libin DPd the Zhang Yuan directed campaign for United Colors of Benetton, Bob Dylan's tribute TNT performance of Johnny Cash's Train of Love, various commercials and HBO promos. He has operated camera or DPd 2nd Unit for directors Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, David Fincher, Steve Zaillian, Barry Levinson, Curtis Hanson, Rebecca Miller, Paul Greengrass, Michel Gondry, Steve Buscemi, Julian Schnabel, Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels, Thomas McCarthy, Ross Katz, Bill Condon, Alex Rockwell, and David Chase. Libin and gaffer David Skutch formed Luminaria LTD and are co-inventors of the RUBY 7, a film lighting fixture. Libin grew up on West 100th Street in NYC and studied film under Willard Van Dyke, Richard P. Rogers, Aram Avakian, Mimi Arsham, and Dezso Magyar at SUNY Purchase College where he met fellow student Paul Cameron, ASC with whom he began an adventure shooting 8mm & 16mm experimental films and music videos. After those early years bartending, sanding floors, and painting lofts in lower Manhattan, Libin's first film job was assisting Wim Wenders on his diary film Reverse Angle. Soon thereafter he served as Fred Murphy's, ASC gaffer for some pickup shots on The State of Things (principal DoP Henri Alekan) -