Li Lu is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX. She was born in Suzhou, China, and her family moved to the United States when she was five. Daughter of two physicists, Li discovered her passion for storytelling through various mediums - first through ballet, photography, then ultimately, filmmaking. Raised on all three coasts and graduating high school in Sugar Land, TX, Li received her BA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, graduating cum laude.
THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE, her debut feature, won three Best Feature awards and was distributed theatrically and on demand. Her teleplay RAZORHURST, about the seedy underbelly of street gangs in 1920s Sydney, Australia, won the Skyway Film Festival's Grand Jury Award for Best Teleplay and Pitch. Her current project, A TOWN CALLED VICTORIA – a documentary about an arson of a Texas mosque – has garnered support from numerous organizations, including the Sundance Institute and Austin Film Society. BURY ME ON GOLD MOUNTAIN, her second feature, has been selected for numerous labs and honors, and is currently in development.
Li is an 2018 FOX Directors Lab alumna and also directs commercials and music videos, with some reaching over one million views. Her work has been supported by organizations such as Film Independent and Women in Film, and profiled in the New York Times, IndieWIRE, NPR, Bitch Magazine, IMDb, and Flavorwire.
A maker of fiction and documentary films, she focuses on work that creates social impact and expands representation of minorities.