Hilla MedaliaHilla Medalia

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund 2011

Hilla Medalia(Co-Director/Co-Producer) A George Foster Peabody Award winning director and producer. Received 3 Emmy Award nominations and won the Paris Human Rights Film Festival Jury Award, Fipa Biarritz Jury Award, Golden Warsaw Phoenix Award, Faito Doc Grand Jury Award, and more. Hilla directed and produced the documentary After the Storm (2009), a film about a group of New York Broadway actors travel to New Orleans to offer the remedy of art and expression to thirteen affected kids in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Together, they transform a storm-wrecked community center into a theatre, erecting a beacon of hope and purpose in the midst of devastation and despair. The film will air on MTV this coming fall, broadcasted on ch8 Israel and participated in film festivals around the world (Won the Audience and Crystal Heart Award). Hilla also directed and produced To Die in Jerusalem (2007- HBO Films), a story about a Palestinian suicide bomber and her unlikely Israeli doppelganger, who died at only 17 years of age in a Jerusalem market. The film unveils a microcosm for the Palestinian- Israeli conflict and explores the complexity of reconciliation. The film was broadcast in the United States as an HBO feature and has aired on television globally, including YES in Israel; RAI is Italy, M6 in France, NHK in Japan, and numerous others. Hilla was a Senior Producer on 39 Pounds of Love (2005-HBO and Cinemax film). The story follows Ami who has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and often fatal form of SMA/2, and finds himself at 39 pounds at the age of 34-- outliving a doctor's prediction of life expectancy by 28 years, and counting. Living life, he follow his lifelong dream of riding a Harley Davidson (Winner of Ofir Award and shortlisted for an Academy Award). Hilla has a Master Degree in Film and Television from Southern Illinois University.

Web Junkie

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund 2011

Web Junkie follows China as the first country in the world to classify Internet Addiction as a clinical disorder. The film features a Beijing treatment center where Chinese teenagers are being de-programmed. We follow the lives of three teens from the day they arrive throughout their three month treatment period and their return home.