About

Usama Hameed Alshaibi
أسامة حميد الشيبي

Director Usama Alshaibi seems to be one of the most prolific Arab filmmakers in the American independent film scene—and he’s almost certainly the most experimental. Working often in close collaboration with his wife Kristie, Alshaibi has jump-started the canon of what we might term transgressive Arab-American film. -Dangerous Minds

Contact: usama (dot) alshaibi (at) gmail (dot) com

Education
Master of Fine Arts, University of Colorado, Film Studies, Boulder, CO, 2015
Bachelor of Arts, Columbia College, Film and Video, Chicago, IL, 1997

Teaching Experience
Special Instructor, Colorado State University,  Fort Collins, CO, 2015– present
Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2015–2016
Graduate Student Professor, University of Colorado,  Boulder, CO, 2013–2015
Adjunct Professor, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 2006–2007

Work Experience
Co-Owner, Artvamp LLC, production studio, 2000-present
Producer/Director, Kartemquin Films, Chicago, Illinois, 2009–2016
Radio Host/Producer, Vocalo, 89.5 FM, Chicago Public Radio, 2007–2009
Digital Archivist, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois, 1998–2007

Grants
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) 2016
The Center for Asian-American Media (CAAM) 2013
The Illinois Humanities Council grant, 2012
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation award, 2011
Playboy Foundation Grant for Documentary Film, 2010
Kartemquin Films Diversity Fellowship, 2009
Creative Capital Foundation for the Arts Grant, 2005
Playboy Foundation Grant for Documentary Film, 2005
Tribeca All Access (TAA) Connects Program, Tribeca Film Institute, 2005

Awards
Best Feature Film, Boston Underground Film Festival, 2011
Best Documentary Feature, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2006
Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, 2005
Made in Chicago Award, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2000
Kudzu Eyeball Music Video Showcase award, 2000

Television Broadcast
American Arab, broadcast on American ReFramed  (World Channel on PBS) Feb. & Sept, 2016; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) May-December 2015; Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) September, 2015 and VGTV in Norway, 2015

Arab American Stories, PBS series produced by Detroit Public Television, directed ElKader & Mother Mosque segments, broadcast nationally on public television stations June-December, 2012

Nice Bombs, Sundance Channel, broadcast on March 19, 2008-2009

DVD releases
American Arab, feature film with extras, Kartemquin Films 2014
Profane, feature film with extra footage, Artvamp,  2012
Nice Bombs, feature documentary with shorts and extra footage, Artvamp, 2009
Solar Anus Cinema, Alshaibi short film collection, Artvamp, 2009
Dream of Samarra, short film, A Rebours, Cinema Abattoir, 2008
Hold My Scissors, music videoExperiments in Terror 2, Other Cinema, 2007
Ass, short film, L’érotisme, Cinema Abattoir, 2007
Convulsion Expulsion, short film,  Incarnation, Cinema Abattoir, 2007
Allahu Akbar, short filmResistance[s]: Experimental films from the Middle East, lowave, 2006
Dance Habibi Dance, short film, Movieside Film Festival, 2006- out of print
Muhammad and Jane, feature film with short films, Artvamp, 2003- out of print

Selected Press
“Chicago’s Screen Gems” New City Film 50 2014, Number 21, October 2014
Profane
 film review by Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix, March 16, 2011
‘From Iraq to Iowa’ by Ed M. Koziarski, feature article, Chicago Reader, August 5, 2010
Nice Bombs film review by Ronnie Scheib, Variety, July 10, 2007
“Going Home To Understand War” by Bruce Bennet, New York Sun, July 11, 2007
Critics Choice: Nice Bombs, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader , August 11, 2006
“Filmmaker visits his native Iraq; focus on aging” Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, August 11, 2006
“Bringing The War Home” Time Out Chicago, by Jason Mojica, August 10-16, 2006
Muhammad and Jane film review Erin Anadkat, Micro-Film Magazine #7, Spring 2005
“Back to Baghdad” by Rob K. Elder, Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2004
“American Prejudice: Arab Films Try to Breakthrough Bias” Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire, Nov. 2004

Radio and Television Interviews
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, February 23, 2016
Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ Worldview, interview with Jerome McDonnell, February 9, 2016
Community Public Radio, KGNU News in Boulder, interview with Maeve Conran, February 9, 2016
Radio Islam, WCEV Chicago, interview with Janaan Hashim, February 6, 2016
WGN Morning News, Chicago, television interview, August 17, 2006
Chicago Tonight, PBS WTTW 11, television interview with Phil Ponce, August 15, 2006
Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, interview with Steve Edwards on Eight Forty-Eight, December 17, 2004
Arte, Metropolis, interview with Nico Weber, French-German Television magazine, October 16, 2004

Selected Screenings (1999-2015)
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur in Switzerland, November 6, 2015
The 15th United Nations Association Monterey Bay International Film Festival–November, 2014
Arab Film Festival, San Francisco–October, 2014
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US Premiere) – February, 2014
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) November 22-December 2, 2013
Chicago Underground Film Festival, June, 2011
Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, March 2011
Sexy International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, November 24, 2010
Kunstfilmtag in Düsseldorf, Germany, October 25, 2010
From Aniconism to Bliss: Media art shows its Islamic roots, Pacific Cinematheque,Vancouver,  2010
The National Museum, Perfromance Intermedia, Poland, June, 2010
BUTFF in Netherlands, September 9-13, 2009
Extrapool in Nijmegen, Netherlands March 20, 2009
Printers’ Ball, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago August 2008
New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archive, NYC, September 10, 2008
Nice Bombs, Theatrical Release: Pioneer Theater & Gene Siskel Film Center, July, 2007
New York Underground Film Festival; Anthology Film Center, March, 2007
World Premiere Nice Bombs , Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2006
Coding:Decoding: Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, 2006
Gene Siskel Film Center; Video Babylon, Chicago; November 20, 2004
The 8th Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin; 2004
Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Switzerland; 2004
Channel 83 festival of media, Florence, Italy 2004
Select Media Festival: Regime Change For US Tour; Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Paris, Chicago 2003
Cinema of Transgression Retrospective; Pioneer Theater; New York, NY; 2003
eKsperim[E]nt3 Film Festival; Manila, Philippines; 2003
Microcinema International; Paris, Mexico City, New York City, San Francisco; 2002
Coney Island Short Film Festival; New York; September 2002
Microcinefest; Baltimore; 2002
Melbourne Underground Film Festival; Australia; July 2002
Featured Director; Chicago Deep Dish Underground; Brighton Cinematheque, England; 2002
Pink Bubble Bath: The Sexy Film Festival; San Francisco, CA; February 2002
Chamber of Pop Culture; Horse Hospital, London, England; December 2001
Featured Director: Light Plays Tricks Short Film Festival; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; October 2001
CAN TV, Channel 19; Chicago, IL,  June 2001
Museum of Contemporary Art; Summer Solstice; Chicago, IL; June 2001
Digital Talkies; New Delhi, India; March 2001
Boston Underground Film Festival; Boston, MA; February 2001
Aurora Picture Show; Houston, TX; June 2000
Eyeball Music Showcase; Athens, Georgia; October 2000
Euro Underground Film Festival; Krakow, Poland; October 2000
New York Underground Film Festival; New York, NY; March 2000
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL, 1999

Selected Exhibitions
Untitled (Atrocity Exhibitions) at ALASKA Projects in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia, August 21, 2012
RESISTANCE[S], Third Guangzhou Triennal, China,September 9 – November 15, 2008
Printers’ Ball, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago August, 2008
This Is Only Temporary, Above Crater, Chicago, Group Show, 2008
Visions of Discord, Group Show (paintings, video) Co-Prosperity Sphere,Chicago, February, 2008
Coding:Decoding, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, 2006
It’s Not The Bullet That Thrills, It’s The Hole, F.I.N Arts; New York City, NY; July 2003
Pawn, G’factor Studio; with Kristie, Chicago, IL, May 2002
Plan B, group show and performance, Chicago IL, 1998
University of Iowa; Checkered Space, solo exhibition; Iowa City, IA, 1991

Publications
History of Flying Vagina , Art book, published Knust Extrapool, Netherlands, 2009
Smut Vol.2, paperback book published by Nerve.com, front cover photograph, 2009
Lumpen Magazine, “USA is boring,” model: Naomi Z, page 4: hello, issue 99, March, 2006

Curator and Juror
Juror; 30th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival ; Carbondale; Illinois; 2008
Program Director; The Z Film Festival; Chicago, Illinois; December 2000 to 2005
Juror; Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP); Chicago; Illinois; 2005
Juror; 72 Hour Feature Project; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL; 2003
Juror; eKsperim[E]nt3 Film Festival; Manila, Philippines; 2003
Curator; Projections in Heaven; The Heaven Gallery; Chicago, Illinois; March 2001
Co-Director; Undershorts Film Festival; The Music Box Theatre; Chicago, Illinois; February 1999

More information: Forced Artist Statement