“The final products have been well received by industry judges…I was impressed by his down to earth approach…I would highly recommend him to teach at any level.”
– Jason McMerty, Elon University School of Communications
“Illuminating and incisive, I highly recommend Nizar’s workshop for anyone involved in the film industry, in any capacity.”
– Charlie Hofheimer, Actor (Black Hawk Down, Mad Men) & Producer (Grave Dawn)
“Deeply informative…provided a strong framework for constructing modern screenplays.”
“Exceptional instruction in storytelling and screenwriting…I was blown away.”
– Film Students
Classes & Workshops
The following is a selection of classes and workshops Nizar has presented for various academic and film institutions around the world (click here for a detailed catalog):
Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets – An energetic, informative, often startling presentation in spoken word and rhyme, Nizar presents “Brooklyn Beats” as part of the Human Writes Project, alongside his longtime colleagues Mark Gonzales and Omar Offendum.
Elon University in Los Angeles (Ongoing) – Offering accredited courses in the Spring and Summer Semesters, each term student teams complete five or more short films. Click here for student testimonials and here for a letter of recommendation.
Filament Features – Private workshop covering fundamentals of story, structure, character, theme, visual narrative and practical screenwriting. The goal was to help a production company better understand the writing process.
Royal Film Commission, Jordan – Responding to the Commission’s concerns, conducted a technical screenwriting workshop emphasizing visual description and the tools of the trade. A separate lecture covered the fundamentals of story and script structure.
Nizar collaborated with Detroit-based art collective Complex Movements to create the multimedia interactive sci-fi parable Beware of the Dandelions, presented at the African American History Museum in Detroit.
Nizar wrote Disney’s first Arabic-language feature film The United, recently screened as part of the University of Southern California’s “Outside the Box (Office)” film series.