Eric Edwards has been behind the camera on more than 35 films including director Gus Van Sant’s 1991 seminal MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, for which he garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
In 1996, two films shot by Edwards premiered at the Cannes Film Festival: Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR, starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon, and director Larry Clark’s first feature effort, the highly controversial, and dangerous KIDS.
The following year, Edwards’ natural, edgy photographic style returned to Cannes with David Russell’s quirky comedy FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, starring Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette and Téa Leoni.
Eric went on to shoot the sensual and sweaty COP LAND with director James Mangold, which starred Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta. His gritty, handheld camera work illuminated ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, with Melanie Griffith, James Woods and Joaquin Phoenix. Likewise, his handsome visual flourishes told the story of CLAY PIGEONS, starring Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix.
Edwards moved to a 2.35 wide screen format, for the ‘big sky’ Montana indie THE SLAUGHTER RULE, for the provocative filmmaking twins Alex and Andrew Smith, which competed at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Eric’s fourth film at the festival.
Eric broadened his horizons to big budget comedies with KNOCKED UP, the block-buster comedy for director Judd Apatow, starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, and The BREAK UP directed by Peyton Reed starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.
Edwards has continued to work with interesting filmmakers on movies such as MANAGEMENT, directed by Stephen Belber, starring Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Aniston, THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS directed by Asia Argento and written by the very controversial J. T. Leroy, LOVE HAPPENS, for director/writer Brandon Camp starring Aaron Eckhart, and VIRGINIA for director/writer Dustin Lance Black (Academy Award winner for the script of MILK), starring Ed Harris and Jennifer Connolly.
In 2011 Edwards reteamed with David Dobkin to film The THE CHANGE UP starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
In addition to his film work, Edwards is highly sought out for his clean, clear images for international commercials and music videos for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Donna Summers, Alanis Morissette, Paul Simon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers whose video Under the Bridge won MTV’s best music video of the year.
Edwards is also known for his work in documentaries. The 1989 Haunted Heroes about returned Vietnam vets who have retreated to the woods in America as survivalists, won the Prix D’ Italia award.
Recent films include DIRTY GRANDA starring Robert De Niro and Zak Efron, a new comedy/drama THE HOLLARS both directed by and starring John Krasinski with an ensemble cast including Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins and Anna Kendrick which premiered at Sundance, and comedy/fight film called FIST FIGHT directed by Richie Keen, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day.