HILAN WARSHAW is a film director and writer. Through his production company, Overtone Films LLC, he produces, directs, writes, and edits internationally broadcast documentaries as well as projects for organizations including Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Drama League, Fund for the City of New York, and many others. His feature-length television films include Wagner’s Jews (WDR/ARTE, PBS‐WNET, and others), Secret Song (SVT), Rachmaninoff Revisited (WDR/ARTE, co-producer and editor), and the forthcoming Through the Darkness (ORF, SVT, YLE), Mahler in New York (SVT), In the Key of Bach, and Unwanted.
In addition to his own films, his other television writing credits include A Workshop for Peace (PBS‐WNET), commissioned by the United Nations. His other editing credits include Shadows in Paradise: Hitler’s Exiles in Hollywood, In the Key of G, and the miniseries Great Conversations in Music, all broadcast on PBS stations and internationally.
He has taught film courses at Barnard College and the Film and Television Production program at Western Carolina University, and has been a lecturer and panelist at New York University, Yale, Hofstra, and Boston Universities among others. His research articles about music and film have been published by Cambridge University Press, McFarland Press, The Wagner Journal, and Wagner Spectrum. His other published writing includes program notes for Carnegie Hall, letters published on The New York Times’ opinion page, and the libretto for “Songs of Rebirth,” a song cycle by Lera Auerbach, published by Sikorski Musikverlage.
He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An experienced violinist and conductor, he studied orchestral conducting at Mannes College of Music and the Aspen Music School.