iU Creator Spotlight: Conrad Faraj

iU Creator Spotlight: Conrad Faraj

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Feb. 7, 2020 | By: Victoria Lightfoot

Photo Credit: TMC NEWS

Tell us about yourself.

I am a 29-year-old Honduran/American filmmaker based out of Cleveland, OH. I started my career as a filmmaker in my early teenage years, and I’ve stuck with it ever since. I’ve made several feature films and over 120 short films. Some of my recent feature films Fighting the Sky and The Colours of Desire can be found on Amazon, Vudu, Tubi, Dish Network On Demand, YouTube Movies, and many other platforms. I am hugely passionate when it comes to filmmaking, having grown up on Spielberg and Kubrick films, and I am always eager to tell all kinds of stories that resonate with audiences from around the world.

Where are you from?

I was born in a small town in Honduras called San Pedro Sula, and then moved to Ohio when I was almost 12 years old. Even while living in Honduras, I was always fascinated with American culture and the entertainment industry. My interests sparked even further when I moved to America.

Where did you go to school?

For most of my youth, I attended Mason High School in Cincinnati, OH, but eventually graduated from Avon High School in Cleveland. Then I attended the University of Toledo for a few years, but I did not graduate. Instead, I decided to pursue a career in film full-time. Since then, I’ve worked on several major feature-length films (including the latest Russo Brothers film) and many television shows.

What did you study?

My major in college was Film with a minor in Theater. 

What college taught me the most was the history of film and the techniques used by the pioneers of the medium.

How did you find out about the #1917OneShotChallenge?

I found out about the contest through NoFilmSchool.com, and I’m very glad that I did! My film, The Wedding Runner, won and I landed the opportunity to attend the Hollywood premiere!

Outside of the #1917OneShotChallenge, what project(s) are you currently working on?

I am currently putting the finishing touches on what I believe to be my best work as a director — a feature titled The Stars and the Storms. It’s an indie romance that focuses on the relationship between two actors trying to balance their lives and careers. I was heavily influenced by John Cassavetes and his experimental nature as well as the early works of Drake Doremus, particularly his Sundance-winning film Like Crazy.

What kind of work would you like to develop moving forward?

I love exploring stories with meaningful themes and emotional resonance. I am open to any ideas and projects at the moment. My main priority is getting my current feature out and into the festival circuit. Hoping great opportunities present themselves from it.

Where can we follow your story?

@conradfaraj53 and @conradstudios