Faroukh Amin Virani-2013 Recipient

Faroukh Virani 150x150Faroukh Amin Virani

Major: Film and Television Production
Degree: MFA
School: UCLA
Scholarship: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California  

Faroukh Virani is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2004, Faroukh has worked in post-production for ESPN Reality, PBS, and most recently HBO Documentaries. He has served as an assistant editor and editor for feature documentaries and original reality programming. Additionally, the documentary short he edited, “Canto de Familia,” was recently recognized by KCET as part of its Fine Cut showcase of student films.

Growing up, Faroukh’s parents operated an Indian video rental store and the style of Bollywood cinema greatly influences his work. He aims to bridge the cinematic tendencies of the east with the west to create unique stories featuring minority and under-represented characters. Faroukh recently began his graduate thesis project ‘VIMANA,’ a science-fiction film revolving around the journey of a Muslim astronaut.

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Faroukh Virani is a Los Angeles based director and editor who has completed studies in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (MFA) and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (BFA). Growing up, his parents operated an Indian video rental store and the style of Bollywood cinema influences his sensibility and work; he is interested in bringing Asian American stories to diverse genres.

Faroukh’s USC graduate thesis short “VIMANA” has played in multiple international festivals and recently won awards ‘Best Drama’ at USC’s First Film showcase and was one of 25 films featured in PBS’s 2015 Online Film Festival. He is also involved in post-production as an Assistant Editor on CW’s “iZombie”.

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