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Hilan Warshaw Portrait

HILAN WARSHAW is a filmmaker, writer, and educator based in New York City. In addition to his media work, he has a background in musical performance and theater.

Scene from The Laborer: Overtones #1.

Directing The Laborer.

Through his production company, Overtone Films LLC (founded 2009), he produces and directs videos for organizations including Carnegie Hall, the League of American Orchestras, and the Dicapo Opera Theatre, as well as independent projects. He recently produced, directed, and wrote the documentary Wagner's Jews, broadcast on PBS, WDR and Arte, distributed by First Run Features and screened at numerous festivals and venues in the US, Europe, Australia, and Israel. He is currently producing and directing The Secret Song, featuring Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet.

In addition to his own films, his video editing credits include PBS films such as Shadows in Paradise: Hitler's Exiles in Hollywood, In the Key of G, and the miniseries Great Conversations in Music. His writing and research credits include A Workshop for Peace, a PBS documentary commissioned by the UN to mark its 50th anniversary.

He has been a lecturer and panelist at venues including New York University, Yale University, Boston University, Barnard College, the National Arts Club, and the Barbican Centre in London among others, and he has written research articles about music and film published by Cambridge University Press, McFarland Press, The Wagner Journal, and Wagner Spectrum. He has taught film production and film-studies courses at Barnard College and Western Carolina University.

Hilan is also an experienced librettist for works of concert music and musical theater. He has frequently collaborated with his sister, composer Dalit Warshaw, writing texts for musical pieces that have been performed by various orchestras and broadcast on WQXR-FM. His other librettos include Songs of Rebirth (music by Lera Auerbach; published by Sikorski Music Publishers) and Carnival of the Animals (commissioned and premiered by the American Youth Symphony, narrated by Marni Nixon), and the full-length musical Summerset.

A violinist from an early age, Hilan began studying conducting while in his teens, conducting orchestras including the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. He has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and he studied orchestral conducting at Mannes College of Music and the Aspen Music School.

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