Khalid Sabree: Neo-Pop Expressionist artist

I had a blast interviewing and shooting Khalid Sabree, an artist that lives in the Bronx, NY.

Shot on a 5D Mark IV in CLOG with a Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens.

Marwa Aly Quick Doc

I was asked by the Islamic Center of Passaic County to produce a short video introducing Marwa Aly (MY WIFE!!) to their community.

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Some stills we took between filming:


Yousef Bakeer Quick Doc

!! Thanks for being here!

I was asked by the Islamic Center of Passaic County to produce a short video introducing their new youth development manager, Yousef Bakeer, to their community.

After a call with Yousef, I wrote the script, then met up with Yousef to record it. The entire process took less than one day.

Yousef has a great outlook on life and is full of energy, I can’t wait to see the good things he will accomplish.

Some stills we took between filming:

This is Who We Are

This video was inspired by an article that Imam Zaid Shakir published in January of 2018, called "This is Who We Are." 

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I was so moved by the piece that I decided to make a video about it. I took the original script and molded it into a video friendly one, then contacted Gareth Bryant, who also loved the script, and asked him to narrate the piece. 

We rented a studio space in New York City and some lighting equipment and shot it in a few hours. Here are some of the behind the scene photos: 

The tricky part today is in the editing room, where we now have to cut videos for Youtube (1920x1080), Facebook (Square, or sometimes a little taller), and Instagram TV (1080x1920, a vertical video). There is no easy way of creating one edit then exporting once for each platform, each platform requires it's own specific edit. This isn't an issue for me because I love video editing so much, but for others it can be a hassle. 

Here is how each timeline looked like for each edit: 

Tommy Kellam Short Documentary

Here is a short documentary I made about a dear friend, Tommy Kellam. Tommy is the community outreach manager for Humble Beginnings. 

This is part of a series of videos intended to shed light on the amazing work Black Muslims do for their communities and their country. 

Shot on a Canon C100 Mark II with a Canon 17-55 f2.8 lens and a fancy microphone. 

Here is a video I made earlier this year about the non profit that Tommy works for. This video was used at their annual fundraiser to show donors the kind of work the organization does. 

And here is another video shot last week documenting their community cookout event 

Iftar at Trump Tower: Ramadan 2017

Our struggles are one and it's going to take all of us working together, across communities, to overcome the fear and divisiveness that we're facing right now. That's why, last Thursday, we brought together New Yorkers of various faiths and backgrounds to break bread and build solidarity in a public iftar dinner, held outside of Trump Tower.

We held the event as a rebuke of the Trump administration's anti-Muslim White Nationalist agenda, but more importantly—we held it to renew our commitment to being connected to one another. We were honored to be joined by New Yorkers of many different backgrounds, to show that even in the face of hate, we stand strong in defense of our values of unity, compassion, and love.

Shot on 

Canon C100 Mark II 

Canon 17-55 f2.8 

Rode Video Mic Pro 

Humble Beginnings: Akbar Mcentyre

A film I made for a dear friend, Brother Akbar Mcentyre. Akbar started a nonprofit named "Humble Beginnings", that aims to better Paterson New Jersey through social work. 

Brother Akbar is an inspiration. He is a selfless human who loves his community and works harder than anyone I know. He uses his personal van to help distribute food very Sunday to people less fortunate in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Camera: Canon C100 Mark II

Lens: Canon 17-55mm f2.8

Audio: Video Mic Pro

Editing Suite: Premiere Pro

Protest VLOGS

One issue I'm very passionate about is social justice. Here are a few videos at a few recent protests. 

I Quit: A Short film about diversity in tech

"I Quit Tech" is a short film about a woman who quits her job because of the lack of diversity at her company. 

Featuring Paul Delarosa and Monique Dismuke. It was shot in an office space in downtown San Francisco. 

Camera: Canon C100 Mark II and Canon 5D Mark III 

Lenses: Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS and Canon 85mm 1.8 

Microphone: Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone (x2) 

Lighting: Westcott Flexkit 

Editing Software: Premiere Pro CC 2017

Power Up Gaza Geeks

This video was part of the "Power Up" campaign, which raised money for a generator for Gaza's first startup incubator: Gaza Sky Geeks.

Every startup founder and developer should have access to electricity and the internet. But in Gaza, a severe energy shortage means we only get 1-6 hours of electricity from the grid. We urgently need electricity so that our companies can succeed. Empower us to fuel our own futures: contribute at PowerUpGazaGeeks.com.

Gaza is one of the toughest environments in the world, with the highest measured rate of unemployment. Because the borders are closed, most industries cannot thrive. We harness the power of the internet to build companies that target external markets, creating jobs and unlocking opportunity for talented youth.

Leaders from Silicon Valley, the Middle East, Europe, and the global tech sector have joined to support Gaza's geeks. Thank you for donating to our crowdfunding campaign and spreading the word!

gazaskygeeks.com/powerup/

I edited this video in Adobe Premiere Pro and also helped shoot it and write the script.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER Protest (San Jose, 2015)

I had the privilege of attending a ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ protest against police brutality. Some thoughts: 

- All lives don't matter until black lives matter. If you know someone who says or thinks "All lives matter" go talk some sense into them. This is important!

- The protest seemed unorganized and was lacking a leader. When the cops showed up, everyone was on their own. Leading a protest is hard.

- We marched in the streets and were met with a blockage of cops wearing battle ready gear. Marching towards them made the term "police state" seem that much more real.

- The cops ran towards us and started hitting people with batons in an effort to get people on the sidewalk. This in turn made some people scared, and then they fought back, they were arrested.

- There were almost as many cops as protesters...it was ridiculous. Helicopters, armed cops...the only thing that was missing were tanks.

Faraz Khan Calligrapher

Calligraphy has been around for ages, but it hasn't really evolved in the last few years. See how Faraz Khan attempts to redefine calligraphy and develop a Muslim American culture through his art.