Erin Lee Carr

“When you’re a documentary filmmaker, you go to people’s houses and you’re a part of their lives. And so you have to be really clear about boundaries. Like, I care about this story. I care about getting it right. I care about telling it honestly. But I don’t want people to see me as a friend. I think then you end up in really complicated ethical quandaries.”

January, 2019

We chatted with Erin about how to pitch documentaries to HBO, what she learned from getting fired from Vox, and lessons from her father, the late NY Times journalist David Carr.

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Erin Lee Carr is a New York-based director, producer and writer. Her debut film, Thought Crimes, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs in 2015 and aired on HBO that May. Her hit film Mommy Dead and Dearest had its world premiere at SXSW and Hot Docs Film Festival in 2017 and aired on HBO in May 2017. Variety named Erin one of 10 "documentarians to watch" in 2015, and she was included in Forbes 30 under 30 in media in 2018. Erin’s debut book “All That You Leave Behind” is set to be published June 2019.  She is in post-production on a two-part HBO series about the Michelle Carter "murder by texting" scandal as well as for her fourth feature “At The Heart of Gold.”