“Wagner’s Jews” Screening in Chicago

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hilan Warshaw

Filmmaker, Author, Lecturer
Lecture and Screening
of his documentary film


Wagner’s Jews
Documentary, 55 minutes, 2013
Produced, directed, and written by Hilan Warshaw
Includes a Q+A with the filmmaker

Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner’s closest associates were Jews—young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his work and career. Who were they? What brought them to Wagner, and what brought him to them? These questions are at the heart of Hilan Warshaw’s new documentary Wagner’s Jews, co-produced with WDR and ARTE and broadcast in Europe in 2013 to mark Wagner’s bicentenary. Filmed on location in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, Wagner’s Jews tells these remarkable stories through archival sources, visual re-enactments, interviews, and musical performances. Parallel to this historical narrative, the film explores the ongoing controversy over performing Wagner’s music in Israel.

Hilan Warshaw

HILAN WARSHAW is a filmmaker and writer based in New York City. Through his production company, Overtone Films (www.overtonefilms.com), he produces and directs independent projects as well as videos for organizations including Carnegie Hall and the League of American Orchestras. His writings on Wagner have been published by McFarland Press, The Wagner Journal, Wagner Spectrum, and in the new Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. He recently taught a course on Romanticism and Film at Barnard College, Columbia University, and he has lectured at venues including New York University, Hofstra University, Wagner Society of America, Wagner Society of New York, and Boston Wagner Society.  He has a B.F.A. with honors (Film & TV) and M.F.A. (Musical Theatre Writing) from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and he studied orchestral conducting at Mannes College of Music and the Aspen Music School. www.hilanwarshaw.com

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