Born July 16th, 1974, Ottawa, Canada. Karim Hussain is a Cinematographer, Director and Writer, specializing in genre and art house cinema. His first feature SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY (Cinematographer, Director, Writer), started shooting when he was just 19 years old and premiered six and a half years later to sold out crowds in October 2000 at the prestigious SITGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Spain, where audience members fainted from its graphic content and its cult reputation began. His 2nd feature, ASCENSION (Cinematographer, Director, Writer), starring Marie Josée Croze, won the NEW VISIONS AWARD at SITGES in 2003.

His short film THE CITY WITHOUT WINDOWS (Cinematographer, Co-Director, Co-Writer) was nominated for the BEST SHORT FILM JUTRA AWARD in 2003 and played over 40 International Film Festivals around the world, including TORONTO, ROTTERDAM and SAN SEBASTIAN. LA BELLE BETE (THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST) followed in 2006, an adaptation of Marie-Claire Blais’ classic novel that Hussain was Cinematographer, Director and Writer on, starring Caroline Dhavernas, Marc-André Grondin and Carole Laure. Festivals included MAR DEL PLATA, SITGES, STOCKHOLM and it won the BEST OF THE FEST award at BUFF 2008.

Hussain also Co-Wrote Nacho Cerda’s THE ABANDONED in 2006, which premiered in the MIDNIGHT MADNESS section of THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and then had a 1000 print release through Lions Gate in the United States.

Since then, Hussain has been working full time as a Cinematographer on various projects and short films, also features such as Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s WALLED IN (2009), starring Mischa Barton and Cameron Bright and Olivier Abbou’s TERRITORIES (2010), a political horror film that won the BEST THRILLER AWARD at the BRUSSELS FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL, and opened to excellent reviews in its French theatrical release and UK release.

He shot HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011), the cult sensation directed by Jason Eisener, starring Rutger Hauer, that premiered at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and then followed with a successful Canadian theatrical release through Alliance Films and a US release through Magnet. A critical and popular success, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is also known for its unique, color-saturated look that Hussain crafted with director Jason Eisener and his post-production team at Technicolor.

Hussain then shot Olivier Abbou’s feature TV movie YES WE CAN (2011), a French-South African-German co-production shot in Cape Town for ARTE. A wild and subversive political comedy, it will premiere on European television in 2012. He then shot Jovanka Vuckovic’’s short film THE CAPTURED BIRD (2012), executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

THE THEATRE BIZARRE (2011) is an anthology horror feature for which he shot episodes for Richard Stanley, Douglas Buck and one that he photographed and directed himself. The film premiered to sold out crowds and rave reviews (including Variety) at the FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL in Montreal, followed by packed screenings at such festivals as SITGES, FRIGHTFEST, L’ÉTRANGE FESTIVAL and many, many others, as well as a prestigious US opening at New York’’s LINCOLN CENTER Halloween series. W2 Media bought THE THEATRE BIZARRE for the United States and the world, with a US theatrical release planned for January 2012 and a sequel already financed and in pre-production. So far, over 3 people passed out in shock at VISION STAINS, the episode Hussain directed, at various festivals around the world. It won the Audience Award at the SARS FESTIVAL DE CINE FANTASTICO in Chile and Best Special Effects at the BUENOS AIRES ROJO SANGRE FESTIVAL.

Hussain recently completed shooting ANTIVIRAL, the first feature from Brandon Cronenberg, produced by Rhombus Media and slated for release in 2012 as well as Jason Eisener's episode of Drafthouse Films/Magnet's anthology feature THE ABC'S OF DEATH.


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