Rain Li left China for England as a teenager to go pursue her dreams. After only a few months of language training and multiple part-time jobs, she discovered her passion for lighting. Her 2-year training as an electrician on commercials, music videos and feature films, led her to become a DP by the time she turned 18. By age 26, she had shot twelve features, twenty-five short films, numerous popular commercials, music videos and art and fashion projects.
Rain has collaborated with renowned director/DP Christopher Doyle on twelve projects to date. She has also collaborated with many international directors, including Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant and Mike Figgis. One of her films, “Paranoid Park” by Gus Van Sant, received “Special 60th Anniversary Prize of Cannes Film Festival” in 2007. She was voted one of the ’10 Best Cinematographers’ of The Year’ by Variety in 2007 and received the ‘Best Cinematography’ award from the Boston Film Critic in 2009.
In recent years Rain has focused on directing and has directed commercials and short films for various international luxury fashion brands, including Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto and Phillip Lim.
She is a unique filmmaker, who has a strong creative vision and has experienced both western and eastern cultures. The core of her work is telling captivating stories that engage audiences with powerful images and atmospheric sounds. Her work has been described as “romanticism vs. aggression”