Nathan-ism, film screening & director talkback

Join us for a film screening and director talkback at the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, June 23 @ 2:00 p.m. ET

Join us at the Center on Sunday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m. for a screening of Nathan-ism, a documentary film about “outsider artist,” Nathan Hilu. Following the screening there will be a talkback with director Elan Golod about the film.

About the film:

Nathan-ism tells the story of Nathan Hilu, the son of Syrian Jewish immigrants to New York, who at the end of World War II received a life-changing assignment from the U.S. Army: guarding the top Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. This experience fueled a lifetime of artistic inspiration for Nathan, a virtually unknown “outsider artist,” who spent the next 70 years obsessively creating a visual narrative from his memories to share with a world that doesn't always listen.

Side by side photo of Nathan old and young.

About Elan Golod (Director/Editor)

After first being exposed to filmmaking during his military service in Israel, Elan has worked in the New York film industry as an editor on a wide range of projects and as a short-form documentary director. After being part of the editing team on Mike Birbiglia's film "Sleepwalk with Me" (Sundance, SXSW), Elan co-directed and edited the documentary short "Mike Birbiglia: How to Make What This Is". While working on “Nathan-ism”, he also co-edited Birbiglia's "Don't Think Twice" (SXSW, Tribeca) and Maya Zinshtein’s documentary “‘Til Kingdom Come” (DocAviv, IDFA).

Director/Editor — Elan Golod
Producers — Melanie Vi Levy, Elan Golod
Executive Producer — Caryn Capotosto
Cinematography — Jason Blevins
Animation — Héloïse Dorsan-Rachet, Hectah Arias
Original Score — Christopher Bowen
Editorial Consultant — Geoff Richman A.C.E
Story Consultant — Harry Vaughn

World Premiere — Hot Docs 2023
Recipient of Jewish Story Partners Grant — Fall 2022

Run time: 80 minutes