Title/Occupation: Director  Executive  Producer
Services Provided: Seminars/Workshops
Languages Spoken: English, American Sign Language (ASL)
Brief Message to Members: I am always looking for interesting collaborations, opportunities and projects, and am available for consultation on production, marketing and distribution.
Biography: Hilari is an award-winning director who was selected out of 12,000 filmmakers to appear on the Steven Spielberg television series ON THE LOT. She received outstanding reviews from judges Garry Marshall, Carrie Fisher, Jon Avnet and Brett Ratner on her short comedy DITTO and for her cinematic vision and overall strength in working with actors.
Originating from a theatre background in New York, Hilari toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf and worked with an extraordinary cast of deaf actors who inspired SEE WHAT I’M SAYING: THE DEAF ENTERTAINERS DOCUMENTARY. The documentary premiered at the Egyptian Theater to a sold out crowd on March 18, 2010, has won a dozen film festivals (including Philadelphia, Newport Beach and Worldeaf Cinema), screened theatrically in over 100 cities around the world and is available on DVD through New Video/Docurama. The film received the Critics' Pick in the New York Times and other rave reviews in Variety, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. SEE WHAT I'M SAYING is the first open captioned commercial film in American history making it accessible to this country's 30 million deaf and hard of hearing viewers. Hilari produced and directed the music video of the film's title song, "See What I'm Saying" written and produced for the film's closing credits by the rock band Powder which was sponsored by Sprint. Hilari is fluent in American Sign Language and has made a several promotional and educational short films for Deaf West Theatre and the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD.)
Hilari has produced TV shows for CBS, The History Channel, TLC and Court TV. She directed/produced over 12 short films in two years, including the short documentary PAVING THE WAY about skateboarders which was a finalist for International Documentary Challenge and was acquired by Current TV. Her narrative short SNIPS & SNAILS is a horror spoof that she directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Gary Anthony Williams. The film won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Dances With Films festival (Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Hollywood) and screened at film festivals around the world.
Hilari was accepted into the 2006 Sundance Producers Conference with her feature documentary project WORLDPLAY narrated by Sharon Stone. The documentary follows a group of young people from areas of conflict from around the world who are brought together to create original theatre productions based on similarities among their differences. Hilari continues to collaborate on projects that make a difference and find untold stories to share with audiences.