HILAN WARSHAW is a New York-based filmmaker, writer, and educator. Through his production company, Overtone Films LLC, he produces, directs, writes, and edits independent films as well as projects for organizations including Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, the League of American Orchestras, the Drama League, the Fund for the City of New York, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. His feature-length film work includes Wagner’s Jews, broadcast on PBS/Channel Thirteen, WDR, ARTE, Deutsche Welle, Medici TV, and Israel’s Channel 8 and Hot 3, and SVT (Sweden); Secret Song for broadcast on SVT; Rachmaninoff Revisited (co-producer and editor) for ARTE; and the forthcoming documentary Unwanted.
In addition to his producing/directing work, his writing credits include the PBS documentary A Workshop for Peace; his video editing credits include PBS films such as Shadows in Paradise: Hitler’s Exiles in Hollywood (PBS/ARTE), In the Key of G, and the miniseries Great Conversations in Music.
He has taught film courses at Barnard College and the Film and Television Production program at Western Carolina University. He has also been a lecturer and panelist at New York University, Yale, Hofstra, and Boston Universities 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. 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.