Karim Hussain (Director of Photography)


Karim Hussain is a Cinematographer, Director and Writer, specializing in genre and art house cinema. His first feature SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY (Cinematographer, Director, Writer), started shooting when he was just 19 years old and premiered six and a half years later to sold out crowds in October 2000 at the prestigious SITGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Spain, where audience members fainted from its graphic content and its cult reputation began. His 2nd feature, ASCENSION (Cinematographer, Director, Writer), starring Marie Josée Croze, won the NEW VISIONS AWARD at SITGES in 2003. His short film THE CITY WITHOUT WINDOWS (Cinematographer, Co-Director, Co-Writer) was nominated for the BEST SHORT FILM JUTRA AWARD in 2003 and played over 40 International Film Festivals around the world, including TORONTO, ROTTERDAM and SAN SEBASTIAN. LA BELLE BETE (THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST) followed in 2006, an adaptation of Marie-Claire Blais’ classic novel that Hussain was Cinematographer, Director and Writer on, starring Caroline Dhavernas, Marc-André Grondin and Carole Laure. Festivals included MAR DEL PLATA, SITGES, STOCKHOLM and it won the BEST OF THE FEST award at BUFF 2008. Hussain also Co-Wrote Nacho Cerda’s THE ABANDONED in 2006, which premiered in the MIDNIGHT MADNESS section of THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and then had a 1000 print release through Lion’s Gate in the United States.

Since then, Hussain has been working full time as a Cinematographer on various projects and short films, also features such as Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s WALLED IN (2009), starring Mischa Barton and Cameron Bright, Olivier Abbou’s upcoming TERRITORIES (2010), a political horror satire and THE THEATRE BIZARRE (2011), an anthology horror feature for which he shot episodes for Richard Stanley, Douglas Buck and one that he photographed and directed himself.

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011), which he shot for Jason Eisener, marks a culmination of a mutual life-long love for genre films and eccentric cinematography that he shares with the creative team of HOBO. An old friend of Producer Rob Cotterill, who worked years ago on SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY, and of the same school of obsession as Jason Eisener, HOBO was a chance for Hussain to fully embellish his love for the extremes of the genre in a creative environment where visual insanity was encouraged, and the only limits to the imagination, were how far Jason Eisener would take it. HOBO was photographed with the revolutionary RED MYSTERIUM-X camera system which enabled shooting at ultra-high resolution in low light conditions previously impossible in cinema, and made in collaboration with a stunning Nova Scotia crew and post production team at Technicolor Toronto that greatly contributed to its unique look. HOBO is indeed, in Technicolor!