Faisal Azam was born in Karachi, Pakistan, grew up in the Middle East and came to the US when he was 15. His interest in the arts, ironically, was stirred by the heavy-handed censorship of television in Saudi Arabia. Curious about missing parts and disrupted scenes, Faisal became fascinated with the structure of storytelling and the power of the image to provoke a visceral reaction in the human psyche. After graduating magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric, Faisal worked in publishing and advertising, then spent over a decade as an editor/producer in NYC cutting commercials, narrative films and television shows, including documentaries for National Geographic, Dan Rather Reports, USA Network and Sports Illustrated. Over the course of his film career, Faisal’s work has screened at top tier festivals like Sundance, Claremont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and BFI London. He co-produced and edited Without Shepherds, which won both the Grand Chameleon Prize for Best Film and the Best Documentary Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival; Black Dog, Red Dog, an independent film produced by James Franco; and Salar, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Faisal currently serves as an Emmy Awards judge and, with his partner Erica Velis, has written H8, a TV pilot that is a finalist for the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab.