Eric Mendelsohn's feature film debut, Judy Berlin, starring The Sopranos' Edie Falco, as well as Madeline Kahn, Barbara Barrie and Julie Kavner, was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), won Best Director at Sundance, Best Independent Film at the Hamptons Film Festival and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
His short film, Through An Open Window, starring Anne Meara and Cynthia Nixon, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, enjoyed festival screenings internationally, was an Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) and garnered him a guest spot on The Tonight Show with JayLeno. His new film, 3 Backyards premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it garnered the Best Director award making Eric the only person in the festival's history to have received the award twice.
His screenplays have been developed at the Sundance Institute's labs and he is a producer on the documentary films of Rebecca Dreyfus, including Stolen, which garnered the Best Documentary prize at the The New York/Avignon Film Festival, and Bye Bye Babushka. Mendelsohn is a mentor for the Sundance Institute's writer's lab and recently served as Story Editor on Lab fellow Alex Rivera's feature debut Sleep Dealer.
In the field of film design, Eric worked for writer/director Woody Allen for over 8 years on such films as Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands and Wives, Bullets Over Broadway, Alice and Everyone Says I Love You.
Eric Mendelsohn was the recipient of Columbia University's 2012 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.