Hilari is an award-winning director/producer who was chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 12,000 filmmakers to appear his television show On The Lot, earning top praise from judges Garry Marshall, Carrie Fischer and Ron Avnet and receiving a first look deal at DreamWorks. Her multi-award winning feature See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary received Critics’ Pick in the New York Times, distribution with Cinedigm and was broadcast on the Documentary Channel. The film screened in 179 cities in 21 countries, and was shown to employees at DreamWorks, Universal Studios and a special weekend event with Disney. Hilari produced the award-winning dramatic feature No Ordinary Hero featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin that was distributed theatrically in over 90 cities. Before producing her first feature, Hilari directed/produced 18 short films in comedy, documentary and drama that received festival awards and online distribution. Hilari has produced shows on CBS, TLC, Court TV and the History Channel and won a Telly Award for her PSA Because. She specializes in dark comedy, magical realism, mockumentary, documentary, drama and sizzle reels. Hilari was a panelist at the 2015 Sundance Art House Convergence and is a board member of the Alliance of Women Directors. www.HilariScarl.com
Unique traits: Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), my specialty is working with Deaf actors with a focus on non-traditional casting with actors who are disabled.
No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie
Film (Comedy, Drama and Family) Producer Tony Kane plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he's just another guy who happens to be deaf, with hopes and dreams that always seem to elude him. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang, also deaf, is having a hard time in school, where he is torn between what his father thinks is "normal" and an education using sign language promoted by his mother. When Tony and Jacob's paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. And when Tony meets Jacob's teacher, Jenny, a romance blossoms that suddenly makes Tony feel like he can do anything... even things he never dreamed was possible. In this first installment of SuperDeafy the Movie, we meet the man behind the superhero -- the man for whom everything has always felt just a little bit out of reach. But that's all about to change. Written by Taly Ravid
See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary
Film (Documentary) Producer This inspirational and heartfelt documentary follows four well-known entertainers in the deaf community: a comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer as they attempt to cross over and reach mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented deaf entertainers of various disciplines overcome great challenges on their way to personal triumphs and professional success. Bob, a drummer in the world's only deaf rock band, Beethoven's Nightmare, produces the largest show in the band's 30 year history; CJ, a hugely famous and internationally renowned comic in the Deaf world, but virtually unknown to hearing audiences, fights to cross over to the mainstream by producing the first international sign language theatre festival in Los Angeles; Robert, a brilliant actor who teaches at Juilliard, struggles to survive when he becomes homeless, his health compromised by HIV; and TL, a hard of hearing singer finds herself caught between the hearing and deaf communities when she attracts her first major producer... Written by David Magdael
Snips & Snails
Film (Short, Comedy and Horror) Producer Sugar and spice are not very nice when a sickeningly sweet all-girl birthday party becomes a lone boy's worst nightmare.
Film (Short and Comedy) Producer DITTO was completed as the final submission film that enabled Hilari Scarl to be selected as a semi-finalist to compete on the Steven Spielberg television show ON THE LOT. Brett Ratner raved that the film was outstanding, hilarious and highly commercial. Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall and Jon Avnet concurred, saying that they "love this film." Written by Hilari Scarl
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Paving the Way
Television (Short) Producer The IDC challenged 74 teams from 9 countries to create an original documentary in 5 days with an assigned theme and genre. Team Linked received the theme of "freedom" and the genre of "sports," documenting the prohibition of skateboarding in public spaces and ow urban skaters transcend physical and legal obstacles. Written by Hilari Scarl
Television (Documentary) Producer Dashcams and home videos show out of control criminals and civilians in all manner of chaos.
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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Film (Documentary and War) Miscellaneous Crew Documentary portraying the actions of U.S. corporate contractors in the U.S.-Iraq war. Interviews with employees and former employees of such companies as Halliburton, CACI, and KBR suggest that government cronyism is behind apparent "sweetheart" deals that give such contractors enormous freedom to profit from supplying support and material to American troops while providing little oversight. Survivors of employees who were killed discuss the claim that the companies cared more for profit than for the welfare of their own workers, and soldiers indicate that the quality of services provided is sub-standard and severely in contradiction to the comparatively huge profits being generated. Also depicted are the unsuccessful attempts by the filmmakers to get company spokesmen to respond to the charges made by the interviewees. Written by Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In the Middle of a Movie
Film (Short) Writer For the last three years Finnish artist Tellervo Kalleinen had an unusual occupation: she traveled around the globe looking for writers to collaborate with to write her a role. Each scene is brief, and they vary as greatly as the imaginations of her writers in each country. Altogether 65 film scenes were filmed in peoples' homes - all of them very different from each others. The project was realized in Helsinki (Finland), Hamburg (Germany), Los Angeles (USA), Seydisfjördur (Iceland), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Tallinn (Estonia). Kalleinen worked with local cameramen as she wanted to grasp local aesthetics on films. The insights into the cities and the people are remarkable, from quiet domesticity to violent exploitation, revealing how people view the possibilities of video differently from country to country. Written by Anonymous
The Tomorrow Man
Video (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actress Larry Mackey is a blue-collar dad in the 1970's, determined to make a better future for his young son. A future that's coming a lot faster than he thinks... When a depraved gang of time travelers from 2000 cross Larry's path, he's accidentally forwarded, where he discovers he's the reason his grown son has become a gangland murderer. Now he must make every minute count in his second chance of a lifetime to set things right . Written by Ciaran O'Shea
Film (Short and Fantasy) Producer Overheard snatches of conversation in a Chinese restaurant trigger memories and reflections that cause our hero to take a step forward.
Making the Band
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Telly Award - PSA
Newport Beach Film Festival (winner)
Philadelphia Film Festival (winner)
WE Do Good Award/WE TV