Khalid Sena

Khalid Seña was born in New York City and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side
neighborhood. Khalid always had a passion for films, as it’s something he gets from his father who introduced him to the films of Bruce Lee and many other greats like Shaft and the Terminator franchise to name a few. Khalid has always been an artist since a young age he had a knack for painting and writing poetry as well as short stories. His interest in film began to take hold when he would watch DVD special features and watch behind the scenes featurettes, it’s an experience he described as an early film school giving him the knowledge of different departments and how much goes into making a single film. through his Youth Khalid attended various artistic programs that allowed him to express himself through film including making a documentary short with DCTV and a superhero short film with Wingspan and imagine me. In college Khalid got a broader sense of media as he majored in communications and got a deeper understanding of Radio, TV, and Film. Once out of college he began to work as Production Assistant where he worked on everything from Web commercials to network Tv to Netflix projects. Feeling burnt out and desiring more Khalid took a chance and applied to SVA MPS directing program to further tell stories on the next level and make connections with faculty and classmates. Khalid’s Film Concrete Rose is a coming-of-age drama about a recently released ex-convict looking to integrate back into a world that has moved on without him. The film is set in the Lower East side and Khalid considers it to the first of many stories he wants to tell set in the neighborhood “what entices me about telling stories in my neighborhood is the fact that it’s a part of New York people have seldom. seen We have all seen the stories of the great shiny olympus that is New York but what about the average person that’s on the ground living in an ever changing environment. what type of stories are there to be told in a neighborhood filled with diversity that’s being priced out by people who know nothing about its rich cultural history?

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