Ali Hossaini / Filmmaker
FILMMAKER, ALI HOSSAINI, is an executive, philosopher and artist who works at the cutting edge of media. Having collaborated with talent ranging from Robert Wilson to Brad Pitt, his personal work and his productions have been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals internationally, winning acclaim from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Cool Hunting and many other outlets. He has been involved in the launch of several television channels, including LAB HD, the only TV channel devoted to video art, Equator HD, Gallery HD, Oxygen, TechTV, NOW and LinkTV. He is currently proprietor of Pantar, a consultancy that specializes in business strategy and talent‐driven productions of artistic merit. In 2010 he focused on 3D video projects, and he created the Enterprise & Innovation Hub, a revenue generating initiative for FACT, a Liverpool‐based arts organization. Hossaini’s productions include the Voom Portraits, which includes performances by Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey, Jr, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Sean Penn and other cultural icons. He has produced numerous documentaries and factual television series relating to travel, natural history, culture and sustainable living. In 2008 he produced Self‐Portrait, a short film by Dennis Hopper. The American Museum of the Moving Image maintains permanent exhibit devoted to LAB HD. Other productions have been exhibited at the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Montreal Festival of Film on Art, PS1/MoMA, The Hackney Empire, SF Cinemateque, Pacific Film Archives, the Beijing Borderlines Festival, Couvent des Cordeliers and many other international venues. His production of Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30 appeared in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
Ali is currently working on Oceanic Verses with Paola Prestini, Donna Di Novelli and Helga Davis, and, the Epiphany Project with Niloufar Talebi and Paola Prestini.
"Upbeat and enthralling. " - The New York Times
"You couldn't ask for a better one-stop survey of what's happening in new music now" - New York Magazine
"You can expect to hear music by everyone from Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne to Chinese pipa player Min Xio-Fen, who in the above video sounds just like Buke and Gass. Which is a good thing." - Feast of Music
"VisionIntoArt…has facilitated flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations among choreographers, visual artists, actors and composers…" - New York Times
"…always intriguing and frequently beguiling….[VIA] deserves credit for envisioning new possibilities..." --New York Times, April 2011
"Visionary-in-Chief" --Time Out NY, about VIA Co-founder and Creative Director, Paola Prestini, May 2012
"The composers involved in this new Liederabend...span New York’s vibrant, inclusive, new-music scene."
- Time Out New York
"Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns at Krannert Center...a mesmerizing, multilayered digital environment for the artists... a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli." - The Daily Illini
"While listening and watching, my mind wandered to ideas of the universe and life." - On Labyrinth The News Gazette
From our workshop production of John Zorn's Holy Visions
"evocative video projections by S. Katy Tucker. In a focused yet flexible performance, the sopranos Mellissa Hughes, Sarah Brailey and Jane Sheldon; the mezzo Abigail Fischer; and the contralto Kirsten Sollek illuminated both the claustrophobia and the ecstasy at the heart of these medieval visions." - The New York Times, November 4, 2013
"eerily beautiful"- The New York Times, November 1, 2013