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HILARY WEISMAN GRAHAM - BIO

Hi. This is me.
hilary
(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*.

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.


Here's a little video I made about my Reality TV experience:




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 (THE WOMEN, SMOTHER), Robert Lawrence Productions (CLUELESS, ROCK STAR) and THE DISNEY CHANNEL. REUNITED (due out in June 2012) is my first young adult novel, but I hope there'll be many more.

age 6

At left, my first taste of showbiz, age 6, in a first grade production of PETER RABBIT. I wanted to play the lead, but due to gender issues (those bastards) was cast as Mother Rabbit.


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Learn more here:
Here's REUNITED's Goodreads page
I'm a part of The Apocalypsies (YA authors debuting in 2012)
Visit my IMDB page
This is my author page at Simon & Schuster UK





NEWS

What's the deal with REUNITED?
REUNITED is a contemporary young adult novel, written by me.

Who's publishing REUNITED? Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

When can I read it? June 2012 but it is now available for preorder.

What's REUNITED about? The tag-line for REUNITED is: 1 concert 2,000 miles 3 Ex-best friends
* "While Hollywood flounders around trying to catch the pulse beat of the
yet-to-be-adequately-labeled 20-something generation, 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