ABOUT

Director/DP Liz Hinlein creates award-winning work that spans feature films, TV commercials, branding promos and photography.  She has directed commercials and branding films for global brands, partnering repeatedly with the likes of Dove, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, The Sundance Chanel, A&E, Lifetime and MAC Cosmetics.

Her feature film, OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN was hailed by VARIETY as "an intriguing debut" and has won multiple awards, including Best Director at the NYLA International Film Festival, Best of the Fest at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, the Audience Award at The Fine Arts Film Festival, Best Cinematography Brasov Film Festival and Best Narrative Film at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival.  It is currently playing on Amazon.

As a TV director, Liz recently participated in the Sony, Viacom and DGA TV development director programs and has shadowed on the tv series Criminal Minds, Major Crimes, Finding Carter and the new A&E series YOU.

With a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute, Liz is known in particular for her cinematic eye.  She has collaborated with world-renowned artists, such as Judith Jamison, Daniel Ezralow and Rebeca Mendez, and completed an array of photography and video projects for The Wallis Annenberg Foundation and The Desmond Tutu Unity Project.

Most recently Liz has directed Shonda Rhimes for the Dove Real Beauty campaign, the superhero web series “Chosen Kin” and two VR projects; one for ITVS and a V-Commerce fashion project for Accenture.  She is also a professor at USC teaching graduate film directing.

Director/DP Dove commercial China

Director/DP Dove commercial China

I’ve known & worked with Liz in a professional capacity for 15 years. As the founder of a creative management agency, pairing high-level creative talent with fashion, beauty and lifestyle clients, Liz was always my go-to director for videos, commercial and image films that needed beauty and depth. With an uncanny and unwavering ability to find the human element, tease out a unique narrative, and making the process easy and drama-free, clients were always blown away by the results and came back again and again! She was one of my favorite creatives to work with.
— Justine Clay, former principal of Plum Creative Representation, NYC
It was an absolute pleasure working with you. You were by far, the best director I’ve ever worked with. I learned so much during casting callbacks and of course, the shoot.
— Luke Sokolewicz Senior Copywriter | 22squared
Director Publix commercial campaign with DP Anka Malatynska & fab crew

Director Publix commercial campaign with DP Anka Malatynska & fab crew