MUSA SYEED is an independent filmmaker and writer. His first narrative feature, VALLEY OF SAINTS, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for World Cinema: Dramatic and the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize. The film was shot on location in Kashmir during a military curfew, with Nicholas Bruckman as producer.
THE BIG HOUSE, a narrative short Syeed shot in Yemen, was a 2014 Sundance selection. His current features in development have been supported by the San Francisco Film Society, Tribeca Film Institute, and Torino Film Lab.
His previous films include the short documentaries BRONX PRINCESS (Official Selection: Berlinale) and A SON’S SACRIFICE (Best Short Doc, Tribeca Film Festival & International Documentary Awards). Both films had national PBS broadcasts and were co-produced with Yoni Brook.
He also co-directed THE CALLING, a documentary miniseries for PBS’ Independent Lens, and contributed several video reports for TIME.com. In the interactive space, Syeed was a co-producer of the transmedia storytelling project #30DaysRamadan, which was developed at a Mozilla Hackathon and supported by ITVS.
Syeed was a teaching artist for the Tribeca Film Institute and an adjunct professor of documentary production at Williams College. As a Fulbright Fellow, Syeed lived in Cairo, Egypt, where he focused on experimental filmmaking. He is an alumnus of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department.