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Isaiah is a Kabul-born filmmaker who got his start as an assistant director on feature films made by Tibetan monks. His father, a collector of South Asian textiles and antiquities, and mother, a trained Jungian psychologist, raised Isaiah and his two younger brothers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he spent his summers selling dismantled Indian palaces to tourists.
Bringing his colorful background to his directing work, Isaiah’s ambition was defined through his spectacular take on the music video—often elevating his genre-specific videos to transcendent levels. In his short career, his works have been featured on MTV, VH1 and in The New York Times, and have screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Yerba Buena Museum, The Hammer Museum and Art Basel Miami. Isaiah was awarded the 2012 MVPA Award for Best Direction of a New Artist for his Cults “Go Outside” video and the 2012 Best Narrative Video Award at the LAMVF for his Raphael Saadiq “Good Man” video. Most recently, his video for MGMT “Cool Song No. 2” earned him a spot as finalist for Best Music Video at the Ciclope Festival. In addition to such honors, Isaiah has been nominated for a number of other awards, including the UK Music Video Award, British Arrow, MVPA’s and the Vimeo Award.
More recently, Isaiah has been transitioning into the world of commercials, where he’s worked on campaigns for such high-profile clients as Adidas (for the 2012 Olympics), Adobe, Jack Daniels (for the launch of their Tennessee Honey Whiskey), Microsoft (to introduce Windows Phone 8) and Bacardi’s re-launch campaign for Dewar’s Scotch.