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Elias Acevedo – 2017 Recipient

Major: Film
Degree: M.F.A.
School: CCNY
Sponsor:
Zehra Attari Memorial Fund

 


Update:
Elias recently got a job with NowThis as an Associate Video Editor and Producer in NYC. 

Message for Supporters:
I wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of my heart. My name is Elias and this scholarship means everything to me. It was the break to me being the first to receive a master’s degree in my family, being an educated convert from low income, and pursuing my dream to becoming a scholar in the name of Islam. As Islam has changed my life, this scholarship has changed my abilities and opportunity to becoming a service to the Ummah. I will be able to shed light on the beauties of Islam through filmmaking. This is my passion; projecting images together that appeal to an audience.

I am a Spanish-American filmmaker whose work focuses on the mechanisms that assemble society and its cultural differences. Born in New Jersey, graduated with honors from the University of Tampa with a BA in Film and Media Arts and now pursuing my Masters of Fine Arts at CCNY in NY- my goal is to specialize in my field. Through study and travel I’ve been able to developed stories mostly as an editor and cinematographer geographically ranging throughout central Florida and beyond internationally to countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. I have devoted my filmmaking towards reiterating the importance of social justice. While in Lebanon, I worked for Oxfam GB focusing on women empowerment and covered Doctors Without Borders’ work in Yemen’s health care system.

By making these films, by humanizing Muslims, we’re are changing the mentalities of the American public and its misconceptions. The same American public that is influenced by the high authority in the presidential cabinet and the government that support it. This US policy that is based of fear and hate; this is what I want wash away with my films. Not just by showing stories influenced by Islam, but by having an educated Muslim represent a greater America where our opinion isn’t based on ignorance. Thank you again, I hope to make you and all others proud.


Bio
: Elias [Hamza] Acevedo is a Spanish-American filmmaker whose work focuses on the mechanisms that assemble society and its cultural differences. Currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts at CCNY in NY, Elias is specializing in his field. Born in New Jersey, graduated with honors from the University of Tampa with a BA in Film and Media Arts. Through study and travel Elias has developed stories mostly as an editor and cinematographer geographically ranging throughout central Florida and beyond internationally to countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has devoted his filmmaking towards reiterating the importance of social justice. While in Lebanon, Elias has worked for Oxfam GB focusing on women empowerment and covered Doctors Without Borders’ work in Yemen’s health care system. His films have won international awards from Bahrain and various national film festivals. His production and post production work has broadcasted on platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Bright House network.  His work projects elements of cultural differences, social pressures and mental stimuluses through stories trapped in the world. Aside from filmmaking, Elias is an activist and expresses his position through social awareness. He serves food to the homeless with Love has No Borders and fights humanitarian causes through various non-profit organizations. Elias was the vice president of Muslim Student Association and fought for consistent activism throughout the community.  His objective is to exploit the truth and beauty behind realism, through non-mainstream styles.


Areas of Interest:
Film

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