Winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award for his first feature film, Captain Abu Raed, Amin has an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. Captain, which he wrote, directed, and produced, became Jordan’s first Oscar entry for Best Foreign film and won 27 festival awards including the $100,000 Grand Prize at Heartland Film Festival, Best Director at Palm Springs International Film Festival and Best Director at the Seattle International Film Festival.
His second feature film was Disney International’s 2011 inspirational soccer dramedy The United, the first Arabic-language film produced by an American studio for a local market.
Amin has just completed post production on his third feature, the Los Angeles whimsical romantic comedy, Strangely In Love, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1848 novella White Nights. The film will hit the festival circuit in 2013.
Amin grew up in Columbus, Ohio after immigrating from Jordan when he was 13. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003 with his dogs Cello and Oboe after a successful career in the telecommunications world. His undergraduate degree was in Marketing at Ohio State University. Today he continues to live in Los Angeles with his wife Claire and their old beasts. If he isn’t directing features, music videos or commercials, he can be found somewhere in the Hollywood hills writing the next great American screenplay.