Z Alhusaini, Director/Writer

Z is an award-winning director, both in the U.S. and internationally, with such acclaimed laurels as the 2004 New York Independent Film Festival New York Award, the 2000 New York International Independent Film Festival Audience Award, the 2004 Chicago International Short Film Festival Best Cinematography Award, 1998 Seguaro Film Festival Audience Award, the 2006 Arab Ad Award of the year, the 2007 Arab Ad Campaign Award of the year, and the 2008 Arab Ad Awards Grand Jury Prize.

In 2005, Z was selected to be part of the New Filmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archives in New York and in 2006, was named one of the “Arab Filmmakers of the Year” by the French Arab Art Institute in Paris.  He is also a recipient of Kuwait’s national award for creativity, the highest honor bestowed on artists and filmmakers.  Z is currently developing a number of exciting film projects and working with several prominent Hollywood Producers.

In addition to his work in film, Z also runs his own commercial house “ZEEFILM” overseas, and has directed music videos and commercials throughout the world, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America.

For much of his life, Z has lived in Spain, Kuwait and the United States.  After serving in the first Gulf War at the age of only seventeen, Z received a scholarship to study film at the University of California at Berkeley.   He later transferred to Arizona State, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2002, Z earned his Master of Fine Arts in Film with Honors from Columbia University.  He then pursued and completed his Ph.D. in Film and Philosophy.  Z also holds several black belts in various martial arts.

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