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Ziad H. Hamzeh

Birthplace:   Damascus, Syria
Ziad's work has earned over forty awards for directing, producing, and writing, including the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award For Directing, The Chairman's Award from Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans, and the Medal of Honor from the Damascus International Film Festival. Ziad is directing, writing, and producing numerous films, among them: Woman, PlayByPlayMen and the art of the perfect call, , Diamond Dusters, Blind Love, and Mapping Fate. His recent work includes the AFI premier of The Letter: An American Town And The "Somali Invasion", his controversial, multi-award winning feature-length documentary about the influx of black Muslim U.S. immigrants in a post 9/11 world. The Letter garnered powerful reviews and won numerous awards such as the Boston International Film Festival's Indie Spec for Best Feature Documentary; it was honored as the opening film of the 2004 Amnesty International Film Festival. Ziad also directed the award-winning feature film Shadow Glories (Best of Festival/Best Feature Film: Dances With Films Festival; Best Feature Film: Woods Hole Film Festival; Grand Prize for Editing: Rhode Island International Film Festival), and Eternal Embrace for Unicorn Shadow Productions, winner of the 1999 Zoƫ Film Festival.In Los Angeles, Ziad created two extraordinary theaters: The Open Fist Theatre and The Egyptian Arena. As artistic director of these award-winning venues, Ziad brought to the LA theatre community many prestigious international names such as Arrabel, Artue, Beckett, Brecht, Churchill, Gretzky, and Lorca. He directed and produced over sixty major award winning stage productions, among them Roxy Ventola's After The Bomb, Brecht's Baal, Sam Shephard's True West, Arrabel's Car Cemetery, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre, Nicholas Kazan's Blood Moon, Poor Murderer, The Architect and Empress of Assyria, Cinders, Low Level Panic, and Dusa, Fish, Stas, and Vi.Ziad has mentored and empowered numerous artists: Burr Steers, writer and director of the highly touted Igby Goes Down, starring Susan Sarandon and Jeff Goldblum; Juan Carlos Valdivia, creator of the breakthrough film Juno and the Pink Whale; Marc Sandler, actor, producer, and screenwriter of the multi-award winning feature film Shadow Glories; award-winning screenwriter Dalene Young; as well as countless others, all of whom found a haven for their creative powers when joining Ziad at The Open Fist. Ziad also teaches aspiring graduate and undergraduate students in directing, acting, and writing for film at The Maine International Film and Television Workshops and Rockport College. Ziad earned an MFA in Directing from California State University, Fullerton; an MA in Writing and Criticism from California State University, Los Angeles; and a BA in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


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