Hassan Said is an award winning Egyptian born filmmaker, a taleteller of stories of self-awareness and vivid realities. His poetic use of striking characters and imagery explores the psychological impact of both life’s shocking and heartwarming moments. For Said, films are about, “glimpses of a person’s life, a situation, or experience; that’s what makes films more powerful than having a beginning, middle, an end.”
He moved from Alexandria, Egypt to New York at the age of 15, where he later studied Communication and Media Arts at Dutchess Community College. His careful concentration on the human psyche is evident in his very first short Film, Unforgettable Romance, a portrayal of the collapse and aftermath of a failed relationship. In 2005 the film was nominated for best short at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and premiered at the Laemmle Sunset Theater in Hollywood. That same year, Said moved to San Francisco to study directing at the Academy of Art University.
Hassan’s experience ranges from small budget independent projects to big budget commercial productions including Gus Van Sant’s Academy award winning film, Milk and NBC’S TV series Trauma. Among his recent films is Infamy, a disorienting impressionistic account of the events of September 11th as depicted through 5,700 frames of hand-manipulated film. Infamy was an official selection at the prestigious 63rd Annual Edinburgh International Film Festival and won best experimental film at the Epidemic Film Festival.
Said’s subsequent project, It’s a Strange World, is the surreal story of a beautiful woman’s hallucination through a bizarre transcendent world. Shot over three years and cast with non-actors, this film is truly a labor of love. Said pushes narrative boundaries through visions of Eve’s lush, incoherent flight through memory, time and consciousness. It’s a Strange World has screened at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in 2009 as well as other exhibition venues with live orchestration.
Mute, his latest short drama, chronicles the story of a father coming home one night to find his autistic daughter physically abused. The film won the award of merit for best short film and direction at the Accolade Film Awards, as well as the German Independence Award for best foreign language short at the Oldenburg International Film Festival.
Hassan has recently finished producing the Angolan film, Alambamento, directed by Mario Bastos and supported by the Angolan Ministry of Culture. Alambamento tells the story of Mathias, a young man attempting to deliver a dowry to marry the woman he loves. Making this film left Said inarguably affected by the positive impact of creating a new voice for cinema within a community.
In his films, Said concentrates on the characters that slip in and out of people’s lives unnoticed and uncared for, and highlight their fears as well as their significance. Said tackles many controversial subjects. He incorporates various techniques to expose realistic and sometimes disturbing situations. His frequent use of dark sets, hand-held camera method, and non-linear storytelling create settings where the truths discovered can be harsh and/or healing.
Hassan Said is currently developing various projects in the United States and abroad; he hopes to continue sharing tales of social issues and universal verity around the world.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
• Winner at Luanda International Film Festival
• Winner at the GSP film festival
•Official selection at Festival Itinerante de Língua Portuguesa
• Official Selection at Tenerife International Film Festival
• Official Selection at HollyShorts film festival
• Official Selection at Rwanda Film Festival
• Official Selection at Cinema by the bay Film Festival - San Francisco Film Society.
• Official Selection at Pan African Film Festival.
• Official Selection at Black Harvest film festival
• Official Selection at Capalbio Cinema International Film Festival
• Official Selection at Molise Cinema Film Festival
• Winner at Oldenburg International Film Festival: The German Independence Award for Best Foreign Language Short Film,
• Winner at Big Easy International Film Festival: Jury Award for Best Editing,
• Winner at Accolade Film Awards: Award of Merit for Best Short Film, & Direction.
• Official Selection at Reel Heart International Film Festival
• Official Selection at San Antonio Film Festival.
• Official Selection at Queens International Film Festival.
• Official Selection at Independents’ Film Festival.
• Official Selection at Atlanta Underground Film Festival.
• Official Selection at Indie Fest USA.
IT'S A STRANGE WORLD
• Winner of the silver palm award at Mexico International Film Festival
• Winner at the AVA awards: Achievement in Cinematography.
• Winner at Epidemic Film Festival: Best Experimental Film.
• Official Selection at Edinburgh International Film Festival.
• Official Selection at New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
• Official Selection at Call For Content Film Festival
THE WORK OF HASSAN SAID
Selected photography, Films, painting and illustration art for exhibition.
• 10th Annual Middle Eastern Heritage Celebration (2010). Film screening. San Jose City College/San Jose, California
• Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young, A Night of Egyptian Art and
Culture (2009). Photography exhibition and film screening. The de Young
Museum/San Francisco, California.
• Edith Coliver International House Festival of Cultures (2009). Photo exhibition. Berkley University, Berkley California.
• Egyptian Cultural Day, SFSU International Educational Week (2008). Photo exhibit and film screening. San Francisco State University/San Francisco, California.