Phillip Van is an award-winning
writer and director. His work combines an uncanny and idiosyncratic tone with dynamic visual storytelling. Even when venturing into non-fiction, he seeks out the surreal in the everyday, aiming to make spots that are distinct and memorable across genre, platform and client boundary lines.
He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” appeared in Shoot Magazine’s New Directors Showcase and his projects have been featured by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, Pitchfork, AdAge’s “Best Ads,” Short of the Week and Vimeo’s Staff Picks. His commercial work has won D&AD, One Show and Addy awards.
While in graduate film at NYU, he garnered a Student Academy Award and his narrative short films went on to receive accolades at festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Telluride. Phillip is Vietnamese and Greek. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon and he currently lives in Los Angeles.
On the literary front, he’s one half of the writing duo Goodwin & Van. He and his writing partner Chris Goodwin penned the screenplay To The Extreme, which was featured on the 2018 Hit List, Young & Hungry List and The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. It’s currently in development through No Trace Camping (Room) and Ramona Films (The Disaster Artist), with Dave Franco attached to star.