Lilian Mehrel creates film & tv, illustrated books, and virtual reality.
She is a writer/director with a fresh sense of humor and vision.
Her films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won her awards from ABC/Disney, Alfred P. Sloan, the Science & Entertainment Exchange / Imagine Science Films, NYU Tisch Interdepartmental grants, the Puffin Foundation, the Nancy Malone Directing Award, New York Women in Film & TV, NYU and Kanbar scholarships, and student award nominations for Kodak, the National Board Review, and BAFTA.
With a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she is an MFA candidate at New York University’s Tisch Graduate Film in Directing & Writing.
Lilian was born to a Kurdish-Iranian mother and German-Jewish father, sparking her life-long experience of multiple worlds. From Miami public school, she went to Dartmouth College, where she was awarded a Senior Fellowship. She wrote and illustrated a 226-page family memoir, published for Rauner Special Collections. She also began improv at Dartmouth, continuing in Cambridge, MA and New York City.
Her stories reveal the underlying universalities she sees between people, shaped by her work connecting youth from conflicting countries – with Seeds of Peace, the U.S. State Department, a Kathryn Davis Peace Project, and YALA Peace – a creative leadership program for diverse girls she founded at the Arab Jewish Community Center of Yafo.
Lilian’s work includes creating a James Franco behind-the-scenes series, videos for Vogue, and a collaboration with Within’s virtual reality films and the Portals project at the United Nations, as the Shared Studios Storyteller. She created one of the first virtual reality narratives – haunt – which played at Tribeca’s Interactive Playground. She is an experienced panelist at virtual reality talks and has taught Directing at the NYU Tisch undergraduate Summer Session filmmaking course.
Maira Kalman called her work “epic and cinematic… full of heart and curiosity.” Lilian promptly fainted.