Neil Hollander was born in New York City in 1939. He began to study art in 1957 at RISD, the famous art academy in NY. He graduated in 1965 at the University of Washington - Academy for theater and film. The year 1984, on his own scenario Neil Hollander directs his first documentary film The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail. Soon this film becam his first representation at Cannes Film Festival. Hollander continued to work on making documentaries. Since 1959 he has published a hundred essays, criticism about the film and the arts and other texts in the national and international media. Riding the Rails is the first feature film of author Neil Hollander, which marks the beginning of modern film. It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1972 he was appointed professor of film directing at the Academy of Theater, Film, Radio and Television in Paris.
His movie Birds of Passage was nominated for an Academy Award. His famous achievement H for Hunger also won the Grand Special Prize at Cannes as the FIPRESCI Prize. One of his most famous films is the masterpiece Under the Radar: Burma, which is considered as one of the top range projects of the cinema.
In 1979 Minister of Culture of the French Republic André Malraux handed Neil Hollander Medal of the Order of Fine Arts and Literature.
Hollander deeply believes in a strong link between literature and film. His films are extremely appreciated and won numerous prestigious awards.