Check out the Chicago Underground Film Festival trailer I directed with Usilia Warood and cinematography by Ben Hernstrom.
If you enjoy my films please consider purchasing my latest zine Boy from War. These are selections from my art journals when I was 18 years old and full of passion and angst. I was a romantic weird guy, trying to figure out my life by working out my stuff in drawings and words.
30 years later I decided to publish this embarrassing work as a peak into my headspace as a young man.
I think of this as a type of time-machine that can fuse my past and present into something new.
This is a hardcover zine with 80 … Read the rest
Rare polaroid (my mom found) of our house in Basra, Iraq after several bombings in 1982.
My podcasts, Usama Talk, will be airing on Lumpen Radio! Playing on the FM dial in Chicago 105.5, and streaming on lumpenradio.com this Friday morning and re-broadcasting Saturday morning at 11am Chicago time.
These are stories from my childhood about being lost in the night with my dad, the war in Iraq with my dog, and dropping acid.
The Muslim Meme will be playing at the Roxie Theatre
We are excited to announce a week-long theatrical run of Filmmakers Unite (FU) at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, October 6- 11, 2018!
Filmmakers Unite (FU): a collective response from independent filmmakers to current threats to our democracy, freedom of speech, and civil rights.
Advance tickets recommended here.
Rare picture of me teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder on how to direct actors in film.
(picture by Geoff Marslett)
A film-in-progress with Usilia Warood.
The Muslim Meme and Baghdad, Iowa will play at the YallaPunk fest with City of Djinn. More info: YallaPunk is an annual gathering of Arab, Persian, MENA, etc. intersectional creatives. YallaPunk 2018 will take place in Philadelphia from August 31 – September 2, 2018.
I made this short movie over 18 years ago on a cold winter night in Chicago. I convinced a good friend to buy me a Sony 3-chip mini-digital video camera, in exchange to stay in my crappy apartment for free. Back then, especially coming out of film school, video was considered low-brow, cheap and crass. But I loved video and enjoyed the possibilities it gave me. I could finally grab a camera and do it all myself. This early short movie set the DNA of much of my later work. The interview style mixed within a narrative, the … Read the rest