Musa Syeed is an independent filmmaker and writer. His most recent film Bronx Princess was in competition at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and the Berlin International Film Festival. The film was broadcast nationally in America on POV. Bronx Princess is co-directed with Yoni Brook, with whom he also co-directed The Calling, a PBS/ITVS film about young religious leaders, broadcasting on Independent Lens next fall. His previous film, A Son’s Sacrifice, won Best Documentary Short from the Tribeca Film Festival and the International Documentary Association Awards in 2007.
He is currently producing Valley of Saints, a narrative feature about environmental problems in Kashmir. Syeed was a Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt, where he focused on experimental filmmaking and Muslim identity. He was an adjunct professor of cross-cultural documentary production at Williams College last fall. Syeed was recently named one of the “Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2010″ by The Independent Magazine. He also has produced short videos for clients such as TIME Magazine and the Arts Council of England. Syeed is an alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department.
Musa Syeed was awarded a Production grant at NYU in 2009, the Sloan Producer’s Grant at Film Independent in 2010, and won the Feature Film award at The Sundance Film festival in 2012 for Valley of Saints