Hall of Fame
Eric Byler was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his debut feature Charlotte Sometimes (2002), hailed by film critic Roger Ebert as a breakthrough for Asian American filmmakers. Charlotte Sometimes also received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Jacqueline Kim, and won the Audience Award at South by Southwest, and the Special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival. Subsequent films include Tre (2008) Americanese (2006) and 9500 Liberty (2009). 9500 LIBERTY documents the fate of the "Immigration Resolution" in Prince William County, Virginia, under which police officers were required to check the immigration status people they had “probable cause” to believe were undocumented immigrants. This provision, originally drafted by the same anti-immigration lobbying firm that drafted S.B. 1070, was repealed after two months of implementation. Eric is a founding member of The Coffee Party USA, and currently resides in Prince William County, VA where 9500 Liberty takes place. Eric was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Northern Virginia and in Hawai’i. He majored in film studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where his senior thesis film Kenji’s Faith (1994) went on to become a finalist for the Student Academy Awards, screen at the Sundance Film Festival. Eric's films have won 16 film festival awards, and paved the way for a new generation of Asian American filmmakers.