Director / Writer / Sundance Co//ab Community Leader
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Meedo Taha is a Lebanese filmmaker and author whose work uses genre elements to explore the space between individual identity and collective memory. His short film THE INCIDENT received awards from the Phoenix Film Festival and Lebanese Film Festival, and the Directors Guild of America’s Jury Award for Best Latino Student Film. His feature film project OTHER PEOPLE participated in Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive, and won honorable mention at the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards and Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition. His feature film project A ROAD TO DAMASCUS is supported by Doha Film Institute and has recently been selected for Qumra.
In television, his work includes creating and showrunning a 30-episode series for MBC in Dubai and spearheading the network’s transition from single-writer to writers-room shows. His most recent work as writer-producer is a narrative web series shot during the pandemic for West Coast University.
Meedo has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo and an MFA in Directing from UCLA. In addition to his creative work, he is heavily involved in education, as Adjunct Professor of Film and Television at Chapman University, and as script advisor with Film Independent and Cine Qua Non Lab. He is also Community Leader at Sundance Co//ab.
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- The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing
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- In Search of Lost Time
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