Born and raised in New York City, Eric Kissack fell in love with movies when he went to see The Empire Strikes Back at the tender age of 4, a questionable parenting decision but a pivotal career moment. He spent every free moment watching films growing up, and went on to study film at Brown University.
After school, Eric bumbled about for a bit but then got an early break as a film editor and spent 10 years cutting funny films in New York and Los Angeles. He had the pleasure of working on Role Models, Brüno, Cedar Rapids, The Dictator, Horrible Bosses 2, Daddy’s Home and Instant Family.
In 2012, he directed his first feature, Love, Sex & Missed Connections, an independent comedy that won several festival awards including Best Narrative Feature at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award for First Time Filmmaker at the Traverse City Film Festival.
In 2014, he directed a short film called The Gunfighter that won over two dozen awards including the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and was included in the 2015 Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Director’s Showcase at the Cannes Lions.
In 2016, Eric decided to spend more time in television. He edited the pilots for Black Monday on Showtime and Sunnyside on NBC. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work editing Veep and an ACE Award for his work editing The Good Place.
Most recently, Eric has started producing and directing on The Good Place and is very, very sad that the show is ending this year.