Neil Hollander, writer, author, film director, screenwriter, producer with French and US citizenship, was born on July 9, 1939 in New York City, NY. As a filmmaker, he won several big prizes of world importance. He lives and works in New York and Paris. Since 2007, Hollander is ambassador of UNICEF.
Studies of film directing Hollander completed 1968 in the class of Professor Otakar Vávra at the Film Academy in Brooklyn. His student film won the Student Film Festival in New York. During his studies he directed two short films.
After graduation, Hollander started his voyage around the world and visited many places where he spent many years, writing books and shooting films. His first film The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail, caused a lot of interest for the audience. His next project Riding the Rails was based on the story of a man who wiped out by a stock market crash, suddenly finds himself broke and homeless in New York. For this film Hollander won the award for best director at the National Television Festival. When in 1981 was founded the Academy of Performing Arts, Hollander got hired as a professor at the Department of Acting, then the only department at the Academy. He became the first artistic director of the Open scene "Coast", the cult theater, which still operates in the RISD Academy. Also, included in the preparations for the opening of the Department of directing, which finally started to operate in 1989.
In the feature film production, Hollander's debut was with the film Le dossier Babylone. For this film Neil Hollander was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for best debut film. His talent showed in the next film, First Flights with Neil Armstrong. This achievement brought Hollander Palme d'Or at the Canne Film Festival and was nominated for the American Academy Award Oscar in the category of best documentary film. For the same film he was awarded at the Festival of Feature Film in Pula, was awarded the Golden Arena for the best director award and deer.
After leaving Paris and returning to United States Hollander teaches at the University "Columbia" in New York. One of his American students, showed him the script from which emerged Hollander's film in Sea Devils in 1998. The film won the Silver Bear and the Special Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
The next movie, Birds of Passage has brought Hollander the second Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009 made the film H for Hunger for which it receives the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film was narrated by Henry Rollins. After this followed two films about the people in Burma living under a military regime.
Neil Hollander is also author of many books. Throughout his writing career Hollander wrote on several subject like sailing, world wars, cooking and also has authored several books for kids. He is active speaker for world peace and regular columnist at couple of online magazines. His latest publications appear in Patch magazine. As an educator and speaker Neil Hollander has been featured in several renowned scientific communities.