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Before joining Emerson College in 2009 to teach film and television writing, Professor Ildari came from an eight years of television work as a non-fiction writer-producer-director in New York City, and after nearly twenty years of studio feature film experience in Hollywood. Professor Ildari is a graduate of the Directing Fellowship Program of the American Film Institute Conservatory for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles, and a recipient of an AFI/Universal Studios directing fellowship. The fellowship led him to working on the movies of directors Walter Hill and John Landis, and at the story departments of Walt Disney Studios, Columbia and Tri-Star Pictures. He then went on to became head of development and production at the bi-costal, Universal Studios-based Golden Quill.

Professor Ildari has written a dozen feature film screenplays, of note among them: Confessor: Assassins of Orlando Letelier, and The Seamstress. He has directed three independent feature length movies: Come with Me (2014), Sharkskin (2011), and Face of the Enemy (1990). Face of the Enemy was noted for "provocative content" and "vigorous stylistic" direction by The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times.

Professor Ildari's latest short movie, A Day Away (2017), which he directed and shot with an enhanced iPhone camera and edited on Avid, is a 35-minute narrative drama available on Vimeo. His most recent feature length screenplay is Give Me to the Wind (2017-2018), about the real-life murder trial of a 26-year-old Iranian interior designer charged with killing her client. Food Cart Family (2018), is a 30-minute narrative short screenplay, about a family of food cart vendors working in Manhattan.

Prior to joining Emerson and while he was the head of development and production at Oscar- winning director Arthur Hiller's Golden Quill, Professor Ildari also taught producing and editing seminars at New York University Tisch School of the Arts for two years.



B.F.A., University of Bridgeport

Creative Works

Face of the Enemy




Come with Me


Awards & Honors

New York Times Critic's Pick (Face of the Enemy)