Hinlein, Liz Profile
With more than two decades of pioneering experience, Liz Hinlein is an award-winning director/ cinematographer whose work spans the fields of advertising, features, music video and virtual reality (VR). Recently, she directed a VR film for Byton Auto, which was nominated for Best Branded Content/Commercial at the 2019 VR Fest. She also directed: Accenture’s Behind the Style VR film, winning the Best Branded Content/Commercial Award at VR FEST at CES in 2018; and The Dream Factory, a series of seven branding films for the Sichuan Film and Television University in China. Hinlein’s debut feature film, Other People’s Children, earned multiple awards on its film festival run. The film, about a documentary filmmaker who falls in love with her subject, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime and iTunes. Helming commercials for top brands including; Dove, Lifetime, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, A&E and a series of art films for MAC Cosmetics, Hinlein is admired for her ability to combine the latest styles and technologies to reinvent classic approaches and create dynamic new forms of storytelling. Hinlein works with both domestic and international production companies, including Believe Media and Mirror Films. Her on-set experience and MFA in Cinematography from The American Film Institute (AFI) inform Hinlein's technical prowess on set. She constantly challenges herself to embrace new styles, technologies and mediums in filmmaking. After honing her storytelling skills through the open culture of Quaker schools in Philadelphia, Hinlein took a film course at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She then earned her BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Hinlein teaches a masters class in directing at the prestigious University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Women’s Steering Committee and The Alliance of Women Directors, who maintains balance by practicing Kundalini Yoga.
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