DIRECTOR • PRODUCER • WRITER
Raised in the quiet valley of Kahaluʻu on Oʻahu, Native Hawaiian filmmaker Erin Lau fell in love with filmmaking in middle school, while videotaping concerts and public access TV commercials for her father's Hawaiian music non-profit. After completing her Bachelors at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi, Erin worked as a videographer and editor for a Hawaiian grass-roots news and documentary company, ʻŌiwi TV. She later moved to Los Angeles after receiving a full-ride merit scholarship from Chapman University, where she completed her MFA in Directing. During her education, she was selected as a Sundance Native Lab fellow for her most recent film, The Moon and The Night. After the film was shortlisted for the 2018 student BAFTAs, Erin signed with the United Talent Agency (UTA) and LINK Entertainment.
After shadowing Emmy Award-winning TV directors Gail Mancuso and Rob Corn, she shifted her attention from short films to episodic content. This led her to participate in Powderkeg’s Break The Room writers' room for the Quibi show Last Resort. Most recently, she was shortlisted for the 2020 HBOAccess Directing program and accepted into the Sundance Indigenous Intensive presented by WarnerMedia. By day, Erin works as a Senior Producer-Director for digital media company, Jubilee Media, creating content for their 5+ million subscribers. She has directed videos for the channel that have garnered millions of views, as well as created sponsored content for brands including SK-II, Kiwi Botanicals, and Always. By night, she is developing projects inspired by her family, heritage, and the socio-economic issues that plague Pacific Islander communities.