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  • Nicholas Pilarski

Nicholas Pilarski

Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media

Lentz Hall 328B

  • Biography
  • Education

Nicholas Pilarski is an award-winning filmmaker currently producing work in film, music, animation, and emerging media. His most recent collaboration, I, Destini, has screened in the 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.

Prof. Pilarski’s art and community work led him to be profiled as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Cinema. Currently he is working on two separate projects that highlight the concepts of pluralism and peacemaking in the localities of Brownsville, Brooklyn, and the Negev in southern Israel. 

With a background in music, theater, and film, Prof. Pilarski has created a wide range of art, both avant-garde and commercial in nature. He has performed in more than 20 theatrical productions, including working as a Blue Man with the Blue Man Group. He has accompanied multiple Grammy-nominated artists; has lectured at Duke University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts; and has acted as an education and technology consultant for NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Technology and Neighborhood Innovation and the Center for Court Innovation.

As a producer and director, Prof. Pilarski’s work has appeared in The New York Times, MoMA, Eye Institute Netherlands, the U.S. Department 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, DOXA, and the Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture.

He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Duke University.

Media Mentions:

Carthage College professor recognized for shining light on impoverished New York neighborhood
Professor Pilarski is named a finalist for the prestigious Tim Hetherington Visionary Award after creating the largest virtual reality documentary with community members from Brooklyn, New York. (Kenosha News, May 12, 2019)

  • M.F.A.|E.D.A, certificate in college teaching — Duke University
  • B.T.A. — University of Michigan
  • Nicholas Pilarski

Nicholas Pilarski

Nicholas Pilarski is an award-winning filmmaker currently producing work in film, music, animation, and emerging media. His most recent collaboration, I, Destini, has screened in the 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.

Prof. Pilarski’s art and community work led him to be profiled as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Cinema. Currently he is working on two separate projects that highlight the concepts of pluralism and peacemaking in the localities of Brownsville, Brooklyn, and the Negev in southern Israel. 

With a background in music, theater, and film, Prof. Pilarski has created a wide range of art, both avant-garde and commercial in nature. He has performed in more than 20 theatrical productions, including working as a Blue Man with the Blue Man Group. He has accompanied multiple Grammy-nominated artists; has lectured at Duke University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts; and has acted as an education and technology consultant for NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Technology and Neighborhood Innovation and the Center for Court Innovation.

As a producer and director, Prof. Pilarski’s work has appeared in The New York Times, MoMA, Eye Institute Netherlands, the U.S. Department 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, DOXA, and the Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture.

He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Duke University.

Media Mentions:

Carthage College professor recognized for shining light on impoverished New York neighborhood
Professor Pilarski is named a finalist for the prestigious Tim Hetherington Visionary Award after creating the largest virtual reality documentary with community members from Brooklyn, New York. (Kenosha News, May 12, 2019)

Brief Bio

Nicholas Pilarski is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and performer. His pieces have been included in numerous museums, festivals, and publications including The New York Times, MoMA, and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.

Title

Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media

Email Address

npilarski@carthage.edu

Phone Number

262-551-6314

Office Location

Lentz Hall 328B

Education

  • M.F.A.|E.D.A, certificate in college teaching — Duke University
  • B.T.A. — University of Michigan
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