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 spent most of his career as an editor/producer in NYC. With an eye for story and an artist’s touch, Faisal has cut commercials, narrative films and television shows, including documentaries for National Geographic, Dan Rather Reports, USA Network, Al Jazeera, FiveThirtyEight and Sports Illustrated as well as the indie feature Black Dog, Red Dog produced by James Franco. Faisal also co-produced and edited the feature documentary, Without Shepherds, which won the Grand Chameleon Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Over the course of his career, Faisal’s work has been featured at Sundance, The New York Times, Washington Post, Claremont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Slamdance and BFI London. The last narrative short he edited won the Best Dramatic Short Film award at the Austin Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Oscar. Faisal currently serves as an Emmy Awards judge; has been selected as a Diversity in the Edit Room Mentee, an initiative of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship that promotes the careers of exceptional minority editors; and, with his partner Erica Velis, co-wrote H8, which won Second Place in WeScreenplay’s 2018 Television Pilot Screenwriting Contest.