About

HILARY WEISMAN GRAHAM – BIO

   Hi.  This is me.

(with just the tiniest hint of airbrushing)

I began my career as an indie filmmaker fresh out of college (Boston University) making my debut as a writer/director at the tender age of 23 with LIFE’S TOO GOOD.  My second feature, I LOVE MY MOVIE, aired on PBS in Boston in 1999 despite the colorful language and brief nudity (go public television!).  Both films premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and played in art-houses and festivals around the world, where they racked up numerous awards and good reviews[1].

During that time, I earned my living (you think indie films make money?) as a freelance television producer, working for shows such as THE WILD WEB (CBS/Eyemark), The Discovery Health Channel’s BODY INVADERS, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, A&E’s BIOGRAPHY, and PBS’s ZOOM, and WMUR’s CHRONICLE which earned me an Emmy nomination.  (Let the shameless self-promotion begin!)

From 2004 – 2007, I took some time off from work to be a stay-at-home mom.  Then, in the summer of 2007, my career took a dramatic turn when I was selected to be a contestant on the Mark Burnett/Steven Spielberg-produced reality show ON THE LOT:  THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT DIRECTOR (which aired on FOX primetime, the summer of 2007). Out of a pool of 12,000 submissions, I made it onto the show as one of the eighteen finalists and stayed in the competition until only nine contestants remained, making me the longest-standing female director.

Twice during the show, Garry Marshall (Director, PRETTY WOMAN, VALENTINE’S DAY) picked my films as his favorites of the night.  But among the many memorable moments of being ON THE LOT, my personal favorite came when Carrie Fisher, (New York Times best-selling author/screenwriter/Princess Leia) watched one of my short films, looked me in the eye, and said, “I am jealous of your writing.”  And yes, I will probably put that on my epitaph.

After ON THE LOT, I refocused my career as a screenwriter and novelist, and I am happy to report that I now have multiple screenplays and TV projects in development with companies including Inferno Entertainment, Robert Lawrence Productions. Marc Platt Productions, and The Disney Channel.

REUNITED (due out in June 2012) is my first young adult novel, but I hope there’ll be many more.

HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH OF ME YET?  Learn more here:

I’m a part of The Apocalypsies (YA authors debuting in 2012)

My IMDB page

OR CONTACT me HERE:

hilarywgraham (at) hotmail (dot) com
Twitter:  @HilaryGraham

[1] “While Hollywood flounders around trying to catch the pulse beat of the yet-to-be-adequately-labeled 20-something generation, independent filmmaker Hilary Weisman [Graham] quietly gets the job done in her debut feature, “Life’s Too Good”.  Bolstered by a shrewd and witty script, a confident, no-frills style, and some disarming performances, it’s an auspicious beginning for a fresh new talent.”  –Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix

4 responses to “About

  1. Those are fabulous kudos…and who wouldn’t want to meet these famous folks, especially Carrie Fisher, and have her say what she did. Congrats!

    Looking forward to reading Reunited.

    http://laurelrainsnowcreations.com/

  2. Congratulations, Hilary.
    You’ve got wonderful things happening!
    Britain

  3. Bridget Puffinburger

    I’m so excited for you! I just pre-ordered your book and can not wait for it to come. Congrats Hilary!

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