Erin Lee Carr is a New York-based director, producer and writer.
Current: Erin directed the critically acclaimed I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth V. Michelle Carter, a two-part documentary that premiered at the 2019 SXSW film festival. The film about the texting suicide case that captured national interest is available for streaming on HBO. Variety’s David D’addario reviewed and wrote that the film "amplifies Erin Lee Carr’s status as a young documentarian of unusual achievement.”
In May 2019, Erin released At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, which shines a light on the brave survivors of abuse by a former Olympic team physician. CNN’s review of the film states that “by turning the documentary into such a powerful forum for the resolve and resilience of these young women, Carr, in filmmaking terms, really sticks the landing.” The NYT Critic’s Pick premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is now streaming on HBO.
Prior to that, she directed Drug Short, an episode of Netflix's critically acclaimed series Dirty Money, that focuses on price gouging and unsustainable business practices by the pharmaceutical company Valeant. The Atlantic wrote of the episode, "In Carr’s hands, what could be a predictable story about corporate overreach becomes a gripping entrée into Wall Street excess, studded with compelling characters."
Her hit film Mommy Dead and Dearest had its world premiere at SXSW and Hot Docs Film Festival in 2017 and aired on HBO May 15, 2017. The film ignited a passionate discussion on Twitter and was well received by critics and audiences alike. Aja Romano of Vox called the film “a perfect storm of true crime, pageantry, and Southern Gothic tropes." Brian Lowry of CNN wrote, “TV's infatuation with true crime can be traced to Making a Murderer and The Jinx, but precious little rises to that level. HBO scales those heights and then some with Mommy Dead and Dearest."
Erin's debut film, Thought Crimes, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs in 2015 and aired on HBO that May. Neil Genzlinger of the The New York Times called Thought Crimes "absorbing" and a "primer for the century ahead."
Before working with HBO, Erin hailed from the video team at VICE's Motherboard, where her produced content has amassed over 25 million views. One of her short films for VICE, Click Print Gun, won a 2013 Webby Award.
Erin’s memoir All That You Leave Behind, a reflection on grief, technology, and moving forward without your greatest champion was released by Random House on April 9, 2019. Critics have called her debut memoir incisive, dark and her story transformative.
She enjoys watching documentaries and drinking a lot of seltzer. She will definitely pet your dog.
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