Chaney graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Purchase College, The Conservatory of Dramatic Writing (BFA), with a focus on screenwriting. He resides in Brooklyn, New York. Eric has worked as a story analyst for New Line Cinema, IFP New York, Tribeca All Access, and RHI Entertainment. He currently spends too much time making "iShortz", small and eclectic cinematic spots both shot and edited in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. He calls the city home, but loves The Hudson Valley region, New Orleans, Los Feliz and Hawaii as well.
Through his production and literary start up, Vanished and Gone, Chaney has directed a music video for Poets Club Records, bringing visuals to an alternate version of Zilverzurf's Ceu Sem Fim, featuring Lykke Li, singing in Portuguese.
Chaney currently works as a screenwriter for Guys Walk Into A Bar (NY) and TakeTheHill (LA) on a feature film project titled River Thief, his start up being the genesis of the material, based on the remarkable life of Jerry McAuley, the first person in history to open the doors of a religious institution seven days a week, specifically for the outcasts of society. In Chaney's journey through this project thus far, he has had the pleasure of collaborating with Todd Komarnicki, Scott Winters, Dean Winters, David Wendorff, Jonathan Coleman, Jeanne Moore, and Seth Parks.
Chaney has a micro budget, documentary short in the early stages of post production, is in collaboration with a noteworthy editor on a fictional memoir / novel, and has two projects for the screen in the earlier development (script) phase. He aims to continue his pilgrimage from being an award winning, micro budget filmmaker (Indigo Children, Shelter to Sunlight), into the American mainstream entertainment business as a writer for the screen.
Eric is also a formerly sponsored skateboarder, a budding investor, a union doorman in Manhattan, a lover of books, poetry, music, prayer, psychology, nature, meditation and yoga. He has hopes of learning to ride a Harley Davidson in the very near future, through the city streets and the hills of the Hudson Valley.