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Sultan Sharrief SAC Fac

Visiting Lecturer I

Office Location(s): 6431 North Quad
ssharrie@umich.edu

  • About

    Sultan Sharrief’s directorial debut feature Bilal’s Stand “heralds the arrival of its filmmaker as a new voice in American independent cinema”--Filmmaker Magazine.

    After screening Bilal's Stand at top film festivals around the country including the Sundance Film Festival, MOMA New Directors, New Films, and the Seattle Film Festival, Sharrief was selected as one of the 2010 Top 25 New Faces in Independent Film. He seeks to develop socially relevant content while empowering youth through the process of filmmaking.
    Beginning at the young age of 19, he produced The Spiral Project, a 35mm feature film nominated for a 2006 MTV Movie Award. Sharrief was also the filmmaker of Mural (a feature documentary), the Associate Producer of Moozlum in 2011 and Co-Producer of the upcoming feature film, Destined - scheduled to shoot summer 2014 in Detroit.

    In addition to working as a filmmaker, Sharrief is committed to education and community organizing. He is on the programming team for the Cinetopia International Film Festival and Founder/Curator of the Detroit Voices shorts program. He also sits on the board of the Michigan Theater, a historic art house theater in Ann Arbor Michigan.

    He is a Motivational Speaker and tours the country with his "Cut The Blank" program. He is also a visiting instructor at the University of Michigan Screen Arts and Cultures department. He sits on the board of the Magic Wand Foundation, which inspires youth to live their dreams.

    He is a Program advisor for I.Y.E.A. International Youth Empowerment Association—a youth group on Detroit’s East Side and on the Advisory board of the Islah LA community center, which serves low-income families in South LA.

    Recent Courses Taught

    SAC 404: Contemporary Media Production & Media Building

  • Education
    • B.A., Film and Video Studies, University of Michigan, 2006
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