Lilian Mehrel is a filmmaker on a quest to cup the poetry of the world in the palm of her films. Her cinematic eye for storytelling developed as she studied literature at Dartmouth, worked for peace and diplomacy at Seeds of Peace and the U.S. Department of State, led film workshops to youth from conflicted countries in the Middle East, and founded an arts, leadership, and peace program in Tel Aviv-Yafo for diverse girls. As a Reynolds Fellow, she wrote and illustrated a 226-page family memoir. In the past year as an MFA candidate at NYU’s Graduate Film program, she made three short films in the city of her childhood. Her most recent film will screen in a historic NYC theater blocks away from the 3rd Street School of Music she attended at the age of 3. Her films have been nominated for the Kodak award and have won her the Maurice Kanbar scholarship. Maira Kalman called her work “epic and cinematic… full of heart and curiosity.” Lilian promptly fainted.