The child of a Vietnamese father and Greek-American mother, Phillip Van grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon, and studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
His unique, moody style and carefully crafted visual storytelling—in short film, music video, commercial and branded entertainment—has won awards at the One Show, the national Addy’s, D&AD, and a spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His 2010 web series thriller “Bright Falls”—sponsored by XBOX—served as a live-action prequel to the video game Alan Wake, garnering major attention and high praise for Phillip’s direction.
In 2013, luxury brand Infiniti released a groundbreaking interactive film directed by Van that seamlessly integrated voice-recognition technology to give unique experiences with each viewing. The film was featured in The New York Times, Indywire, Creativity, and Facebook pages all over the world. Shortly thereafter, Phillip joined Moxie Pictures for commercial representation.