Erik Niel

Erik Niel

180 Films

Director, musician and screenwriter in Los Angeles, California

About Erik

Erik would be the first one to say that his life reads like a Hollywood film:

An uninspired high school student, only interested in drumming, is cursed by the gods to complete his school work. He must teach a range of subjects from physics, music, and martial arts, until he finds the perfect medium to complete his life’s homework.

Ironically it was the pressure of physics that forced Erik’s mind to wander while driving home from college. Each day across the mountain road, Erik could never recall the drive itself, only the tingling across his body and a new story. This led Erik to write and direct his first film 180, years later it has become Twilight Bridge, scheduled to shoot this October 2016.

Erik’s passion lies in storytelling. He finds nothing more satisfying than telling a tale that rattles people at their core. What better place to ask the hard tricky questions of life, than in the world of cinema? If you had to pick one thing that describes Erik’s work, it would be a unique.

Name: Erik Niel

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: 180 Films

Occupation: Director, Musician and Screenwriter


  • Best Short Documentary - We Win or We Die AMFM Festival - Rich Hendrich

  • Special Jury Award - We Win or We Die Arizona International Film Festival

  • Winner - We Win or We Die AWDFF - Africa World Documentary Film Festival

  • Excellence Award - We Win or We Die RIFF - Ricon International Film Fiestival


  • I Am Joe

    I Am Joe (2016)
    Film (Action, Drama and Mystery) Actor Joe a quaint NYU physics professor one day is drugged by Nacho, the shaman of Jewish mysticism criminal group, and so Jack-- Joe's violent alternative personality--starts to emerge. Thus he travels to LA and with the help of his ex-lover Blondie, Joe searches for Nacho before it's too late and Jack takes over. Written by anonymous

  • Stronger Than Bullets

    Stronger Than Bullets (2015)
    Film (Documentary, Music and War) Composer A defiant music scene erupts amidst the 2011 Libyan revolution to become the voice against tyranny and oppression - but as victory descends into conflict and chaos, the music goes silent. Will the music thrive once again, or will it remain mired in Post-Revolutionary Blues?

  • We Win or We Die

    We Win or We Die (2011)
    Film (Documentary, Short, Action, Thriller and 1 More) Composer February, 2011. The people of Benghazi revolt against the brutal regime of Moammar Gaddafi. Yet standing in the way of liberation is the 2-mile sprawling fortress known as The Katiba. Holding hundreds of soldiers and heavy artillery, it stands poised to rain death down upon the protesters. WE WIN OR WE DIE is the story of an ordinary Libyan who understands that there is but one way to stop the bloodshed. One way to gain freedom. The sprawling fortress, the Fist of Gaddafi, the Katiba must fall... Written by Anonymous

  • Speed Dating

    Speed Dating (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Kate has devised the perfect way to meet the man of her crashing into cute pedestrians with her car.


  • UCSC

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