Ilya Chaiken

Ilya Chaiken is an award-winning filmmaker whose slice-of-life first feature film “Margarita Happy Hour” debuted at Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, garnering rave reviews and widespread distribution. Her second feature was ‘Liberty Kid’, about two Brooklyn youths in the aftermath of 9/11, which also won resounding critical acclaim and ‘Best Picture’ at the HBO NY Latino Film Festival. She has directed multiple shorts and episodics, including the dark comedic web series “The Unlovables”, starring Kevin Corrigan & Eleanor Hutchins, created after winning an award for excellence in filmmaking from the Princess Grace Foundation. She is currently in production on her first documentary feature, “Pretty Ugly- The Story of the Lunachicks’, about NYC’s legendary all-female punk band.