WRITER & DIRECTOR
The best word one could use to describe Amyn’s upbringing would be: unique. As one of the few Indian-Americans in a mostly white Bay Area suburb with parents who were raised in Tanzania and Scotland, it was not unusual for Amyn to hear Swahili spoken at home while his Scottish grandmother made Indian curries alongside “shepherd’s pie.” This one-of-a-kind childhood produced an adaptable young man open to a variety of cultural perspective and experiences, eager to tell stories that offer an original viewpoint on life.
Amyn has sought out unique and diverse experiences ever since. Whether filming talented streetball players in America’s ghettos, mentoring at-risk teens in New York or venturing to the far corners of the earth to document the lives of the world’s least fortunate children in India, Nepal and Kenya, Amyn knows these journeys “off the beaten path” have made him a better filmmaker and a more compassionate person.
After getting his bachelor’s degree at UCLA, Amyn received his MFA in Directing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. He made his mark with “Little Man,” which garnered awards worldwide, including Best Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival. He followed this up with “Take The A Train,” starring Kerry Washington (“Scandal”), which won a Kodak Cinematic Images Award, and the outsourcing comedy, “Call Center,” a viral Internet hit.
Since New York, Amyn has always striven to tell stories that matter by drawing on his own personal experiences. His feature film, Kissing Cousins, a provocative romantic comedy inspired by his own family dynamics, won the Audience Choice Award at the Asian American Int’l Film Festival. “The Other Side” for PBS/ITVS’s Futurestates series delved into the controversial issue of illegal immigration.
Amyn was honoured in the 2010 Disney/ABC Directing Fellow, which resulted in directing an episode of ABC’s “Private Practice.” He then completed the Warner Brothers Television Directors Workshop and was a finalist for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship. Amyn is also pitching his two new TV dramas, the “shark-out-of-water” Fishkill (with Wendy Finerman Prods) and the crime saga Community Gun (with Cinema Gypsy Prods.) and directed his first episode of the CW’s “Supernatural”, with more to follow in the upcoming months. In addition, he was awarded the 2016 CineStory Fellowship for his screenplay “Chokora” which focuses on the street kids of Nairobi.