My one minute short film Welcome to Baghdad, Iowa will be premiering at the Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival Texas. Very happy to play there again!
My short film The Flowering will have its World Premiere at the 25th Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Starring Madeleine Ours and Daniel Peaslee, with original music written and composed by Micah Bezold, puppeteer and flower creature by Aimee Mayumi, and human creature by Emily Bayless.
Mizna Arab Film Festival: Experimental Arab Film
January 6, 2018
This wintertime screening, curated by Andrea Shaker and Michelle Baroody and co-presented by Mizna and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, brings an exciting selection of experimental cinema by Arab American filmmakers to Cellular Cinema’s CAVE 2 (Cinematic Audio Visual Experimentation) Film Festival. The matinee features films from Usama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Hisham Bizri, Ariana Hamidi, and Andrea Shaker
My new short film The Muslim Meme (with music by Marvin J. Gladney) will have its world premiere at DOK Leipzig on November 1, 2017.
My film is part of traveling program called Filmmakers Unite (FU) curated by Jay Rosenblatt & Ellen Bruno.
Open Signal is proud to host a Portland showing of The Seventh Art Stand, a nationwide screening and discussion series presented by over fifty theaters, museums and community centers in the United States, which seeks to clarify the myths perpetuated by Islamophobia.
This screening, hosted by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Vivian Hua, will feature short films by filmmakers from all over the country, including “Baghdad, Iowa” by Colorado filmmaker Usama Alshaibi; “Um Aballah” by New York filmmaker Sahar al-Sawaf; “Thyme” by Florida filmmaker Jude Cherab; and “Searching Skies” by Hua.
Following the screening, Hua will discuss the works shown with Alshaibi over Skype. Screening date is June 21.
BANNED! Pt. 1 – FILMS FROM IRAQ
Thursday, March 9th
$10 / Free for Immigrants
All proceeds to the ACLU
Proudly presented by the Winnipeg Underground Film Fest and Ace Art Inc.
THESE FILMS KILL FASCISTS
Please join us for this amazing collection of experiments and observations from Iraq, filmed in Iraq and in most cases by Iraqi filmmakers.
‘There, The Gun’ by Jamal Penjweny, 9min
‘Fan and Coffee’ by Rebeen Hamarafiq, 1min
‘The Flowering’ by Usama Alshaibi, 5min
‘Dream City’ by Emma Piper-Burket, 50min
First Friday: February Baghdad, Iowa
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
118 E. College St., Iowa City
Party for art at the next University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) First Friday reception at FilmScene. This month Usama Alshaibi will share his short film Baghdad, Iowa.