Lillian Mehrel is a writer & director who distills the humor and poetics of life into stories. As a Dartmouth Senior Fellow, she wrote and illustrated a hybrid family memoir about her Kurdish-Iranian and Hungarian-Jewish-German family. With a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she earned her MFA from NYU Tisch Graduate Film. Her work has won awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Tribeca Film Institute, Google, ABC/Disney, IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Nancy Malone Directing Award. She co-created Water Melts with support from the Tribeca Film Institute and Google Daydream, premiering at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. She also created one of the first virtual reality narrative films, which premiered at Tribeca Interactive, was selected for the TFI/Warner Media Immigration Co/lab, and teaches new media storytelling at NYU Tisch Grad Film. Her latest comedic writing can be seen in McSweeney's.