Nicholas is an award winning filmmaker currently working with the Center for Court Innovation in NYC to develop a VR documentary in collaboration with youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn. His previous collaboration I, Destini has screened in basements of community centers, universities, and film festivals nationally and internationally. Most recently, the film garnered awards and recognition at Aspen Shortfest, Indie Grits, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and was nominated for the 59th Cine Awards in the Short Documentary category. Pilarski's work and collaborations will be featured in the forthcoming 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema selection of Filmmaker Magazine.
With a background in music, theater, and film, Nicholas has created a wide range of art, both avant-garde and commercial in nature. He has performed in over twenty theatrical productions, including working as a Blue Man with the Blue Man Group, has accompanied multiple Grammy nominated artists, and has lectured at Duke University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts. As a producer and director Pilarski's work has appeared in The New York Times, MoMA, Eye Institute Netherlands, US Department's of Interior and Education, Full Frame Documentary Festival, Aspen Shortfest, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, MIDBO Documental de Bogotá, Athens International Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival NYC/Paris/Barcelona, Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes, and DOXA.
Nicholas holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Duke University . Please feel free to contact him directly for a CV or Artist/Teaching Statement.