I'm a Lebanese, born and raised in Abu Dhabi, living in Atlanta with my wife and 2 year old boy. Im a musician, doodler and love helping people discover their story.
It all started with music. I had a band for years and we went on tours and made albums.
I loved it. I processed music with a sacred and a visual narrative. Almost like film or a story. Which explained why I could not enjoy writing pop music. Which is why I composed and scored films from time to time.
I was also a Youth Worker for a non-profit and and was trained as a Life-Coach. Owning my story as a teenager was what lead me to wanting to help young people own theirs. Throughout my 5 years of youth work, I taught at schools, pioneered youth groups but I also learned to make short films. My last project was organising a film festival, Resonate Film Festival, to inspire young people to use the art of filmmaking to tell their stories.
5 years later, I left my youth worker position and decided to pursue filmmaking.
I got called to do a lot of Fashion films and Behind-the-Scenes documentaries in the early years as a freelancer.
My love for characters and humor in my first short portrait Being Sayed Rasoul was what launched my career in filmmaking.
Being Sayed Rasoul was part of a personal creative challenge I started (Project 52) out of a need to get unstuck and figure out my niche. The project was to make one short film a week regardless of the outcome. It helped a lot that I stopped by week 10 after discovering I loved making documentaries. Week 10 was 'Being Sayed Rasoul' which got selected at Abu Dhabi Film Festival's International Short Competition 2012. This was what launched my career in filmmaking.
I was awarded for 'Best Videographer 2013' by Twofour54, and directed the first short documentary ever made in the United Arab Emirates - Feeding Five Hundred. A film which received an Oscar Qualifying 'Special Mention' at Encounters Film Festival and Awarded 'Best Short Documentary Film' at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Beirut Film Festival in 2013.
Since then, I've been acquired for numerous projects that required more heart, character and higher quality of storytelling. I pioneered and headed the video department for a PR agency Seven Media ME, managing a team of talented creatives and growing the agency's production from making 4 videos per month to 250-300 videos per year within three years.
I created films for Abu Dhabi Awards, a project for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Hakawi short episode series for Quest Arabiya TV, a sister station to Discovery Channel.