writer & director
Lilian T. Mehrel is an award-winning writer & director with a fresh sense of humor and feeling.
She remixes the light and dark of life into stories that make people laugh and cry in recognition.
Lilian is a mixed-ethnicity daughter of immigrants. She graduated from Dartmouth, where she was awarded a Senior Fellowship and authored/illustrated a family memoir. She earned her MFA from NYU Tisch Grad Film with a PD Soros Fellowship.
Lilian’s films have premiered at Tribeca, screened internationally in competition at Clermont-Ferrand, and won awards from ABC/Disney, HFPA, NYWIFT, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Featured in Cool Hunting, Variety, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times, her body of work includes VR romantic-dramedy Water Melts, supported by Tribeca and Google, animation Musica Quarantena, starring Elisa del Genio (HBO’s My Brilliant Friend), and The Loneliest, an Alfred P. Sloan awarded film starring Madeline Wise (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm). She has directed brand films for The Estée Lauder Companies, and brings her creative direction and story sensibilities to star-studded campaigns for more brands like Calvin Klein, TikTok, TUMI. She was selected for The List’s Generation Next 2022 (Ad Age & Meta) as a rising star director/writer.
Lilian connects to wide audiences with her funny, hopeful swirl of cinematic poetry and comedy. She creates feel-good stories that also feel real. They’re really about love. She also loves a hip-hop score.