Humble Beginnings: Akbar Mcentyre

A film I made for a dear friend, Brother Akbar Mcentyre. Akbar started a nonprofit named "Humble Beginnings", that aims to better Paterson New Jersey through social work. 

Brother Akbar is an inspiration. He is a selfless human who loves his community and works harder than anyone I know. He uses his personal van to help distribute food very Sunday to people less fortunate in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Camera: Canon C100 Mark II

Lens: Canon 17-55mm f2.8

Audio: Video Mic Pro

Editing Suite: Premiere Pro

Iftar at Trump Tower: Ramadan 2017

Our struggles are one and it's going to take all of us working together, across communities, to overcome the fear and divisiveness that we're facing right now. That's why, last Thursday, we brought together New Yorkers of various faiths and backgrounds to break bread and build solidarity in a public iftar dinner, held outside of Trump Tower.

We held the event as a rebuke of the Trump administration's anti-Muslim White Nationalist agenda, but more importantly—we held it to renew our commitment to being connected to one another. We were honored to be joined by New Yorkers of many different backgrounds, to show that even in the face of hate, we stand strong in defense of our values of unity, compassion, and love.

Shot on 

Canon C100 Mark II 

Canon 17-55 f2.8 

Rode Video Mic Pro 

Response to New Zealand Terror Attack

The footage for this video was captured using my trusty 1DXMark II + some prime lenses. Right after the event I went home and edited this video so we could upload it the next morning and not lose momentum. Edited in FCPX, ~2.5 hours of editing time.

Gareth Bryant: NYC Chaplain

I’ve known Gareth for years, and always wanted to do a mini doc on him. This is a short glimpse into who he is and some of the work that he does, maybe one day we can collab on a documentary.

Reflection on Fatherhood

Felt like making a video today…didn’t have anyone to shoot, so I made this instead :)

Sana and Yaser Wedding

A childhood friend asked me to make a video for their wedding. Of course, I couldn’t say no! This video was shot and edited in 1 day.

The song of choice is “High Beams” by All the luck in the world. When I heard this song I felt like it perfectly embodied the adventurous spirits of Sana and Yaser. The song is about turning your high beams down, and taking corners that are there for us to take them one at a time. This is such a powerful lesson that we should all work to incorporate into life. Appreciate and cherish and be grateful for the now, and never say no to a corner that is calling your name.

Rayhan's Salat Party

Rayhan is a special girl…she is the daughter of one of my closest childhood friends. They didn’t necessarily ask for this video, but I am so happy I am able to give this to them as a way to remember this day.

AKBAR + Humble Beginnings Pre Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

Humble Beginnings is a non profit that specializes in social work in the Paterson, NJ area. They asked me for a same day shoot/edit documenting their pre-thanksgiving event for social media.

It was shot and edited in the same day and uploaded to Facebook and Instagram.

Shot on a Canon Eos R + Canon 24-105 f4 Lens

Khalid Sabree: Neo-Pop Expressionist artist

I met Khalid Sabree through social media, and after seeing his work, I HAD to make a mini doc about him. Shot on a 5D Mark IV in CLOG with a Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens.

Marwa Aly: Muslim CHAPLAIN

I was asked by the Islamic Center of Passaic County to produce a short video introducing Marwa Aly to their community. Some stills we took between filming:

Yousef Bakeer Quick Doc

I was asked by the Islamic Center of Passaic County to produce a short video introducing their new youth development manager, Yousef Bakeer, to their community. After a call with Yousef, I wrote the script, then met up with Yousef to record it. The entire process took less than one day. Yousef has a great outlook on life and is full of energy, I can’t wait to see the good things he will accomplish.

Tommy Kellam Short Documentary

Here is a short documentary I made about a dear friend, Tommy Kellam. Tommy is the community outreach manager for Humble Beginnings. 

This is part of a series of videos intended to shed light on the amazing work Black Muslims do for their communities and their country. 

Shot on a Canon C100 Mark II with a Canon 17-55 f2.8 lens and a fancy microphone. 

Here is a video I made earlier this year about the non profit that Tommy works for. This video was used at their annual fundraiser to show donors the kind of work the organization does. 

Crowdfunding video for QuranReflect


This video went from an idea to final export in 3 hours for a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to build a Qur'an social networking site. It needed to get people’s attention FAST and keep it. I usually like being behind the camera, not in front of it, so please don't judge me :) 

Shot on Canon 5D Mark IV paired with Canon 16-35 f4 lens. 

This is Who We Are

This video was inspired by an article that Imam Zaid Shakir published in January of 2018, called "This is Who We Are." 

I was so moved by the piece that I decided to make a video about it. I took the original script and molded it into a video friendly one, then contacted Gareth Bryant, who also loved the script, and asked him to narrate the piece. 

We rented a studio space in New York City and some lighting equipment and shot it in a few hours. Here are some of the behind the scene photos: 

The tricky part today is in the editing room, where we now have to cut videos for Youtube (1920x1080), Facebook (Square, or sometimes a little taller), and Instagram TV (1080x1920, a vertical video). There is no easy way of creating one edit then exporting once for each platform, each platform requires it's own specific edit. This isn't an issue for me because I love video editing so much, but for others it can be a hassle. 

Here is how each timeline looked like for each edit: 

I Quit: A Short film about diversity in tech

"I Quit Tech" is a short film about a woman who quits her job because of the lack of diversity at her company. 

Featuring Paul Delarosa and Monique Dismuke. It was shot in an office space in downtown San Francisco. 

Camera: Canon C100 Mark II and Canon 5D Mark III 

Lenses: Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS and Canon 85mm 1.8 

Microphone: Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone (x2) 

Lighting: Westcott Flexkit 

Editing Software: Premiere Pro CC 2017

Power Up Gaza Geeks

This video was part of the "Power Up" campaign, which raised money for a generator for Gaza's first startup incubator: Gaza Sky Geeks.

Every startup founder and developer should have access to electricity and the internet. But in Gaza, a severe energy shortage means we only get 1-6 hours of electricity from the grid. We urgently need electricity so that our companies can succeed. Empower us to fuel our own futures: contribute at

Gaza is one of the toughest environments in the world, with the highest measured rate of unemployment. Because the borders are closed, most industries cannot thrive. We harness the power of the internet to build companies that target external markets, creating jobs and unlocking opportunity for talented youth.

Leaders from Silicon Valley, the Middle East, Europe, and the global tech sector have joined to support Gaza's geeks. Thank you for donating to our crowdfunding campaign and spreading the word!

I edited this video in Adobe Premiere Pro and also helped shoot it and write the script.

Sakarin Mosque

I just arrived at the Sakirin mosque, a beautiful mosque in Istanbul Turkey. This city has thousands of minarets from mosques spanning the horizons, almost all of which were designed by men. Except this one.

Walking in you can't help but notice the iconic tear drop. It is breathtaking. Looking up there is a large, asymmetrical chandelier that has waterdrop-shaped glass globes, reflecting a prayer that God's light should fall on worshipers like rain.

This mosque was the first mosque to ever be designed by a woman in modern Turkey, Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu. It has two minarets and a dome of aluminum composite, and is said to be the most carbon neutral mosque in Turkey.

She designed it with one entrance for the men and the women, not two.

And just wow. Every little detail is just…perfect. It's focus on simplicity, and it's unique combination of shapes, colors, and textures, make it a truly incredible place.