Born in Jordan, raised in Ohio, and living in Los Angeles for the past 14 years, Sundance-winning writer/director Amin Matalqa makes films about dreamers and unsung heroes, bridging the cultural gaps between East and West. His first feature, Captain Abu Raed, won the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 along with 27 international festival prizes and became the first Oscar submission from Jordan. His second film, the Disney soccer dramedy, The United, cast a group of players from across the Middle East and North Africa, and was Walt Disney Studio's first Arabic language film. Amin's third feature, Strangely In Love, a Chaplinesque Los Angeles-set comedy adaptation of Dostoevsky's Russian novella White Nights, co-starred Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and won Best Feature at the Topanga Film Festival. His latest film, The Rendezvous, a caper adventure starring Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Code Black) recently premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and will be released in the Spring of 2017. Now going into preproduction is Hump, his first animated screenplay with writing partner Matt Antonelli to be directed by Pixar veteran, Robb Gibbs.
Amin has an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute and is an alumnus of the ABC/DGA TV Directors program. He directs commercials between films and is writing his first book of short stories, Heroes & Idiots, which he plans to have published in 2017.