Muhammad Bilal is an African American filmmaker, actor and photographer from the Southside of Chicago. In high school, he attended a very selective theatre program where he wrote, directed and starred in numerous full-length plays. He was awarded a full scholarship to The Theatre School at DePaul University, where he continued to study acting while simultaneously studying filmmaking at Chicago Filmmakers. After the birth of his daughter, Muhammad decided to change his major to pursue a career in education.
Upon completing his first master’s degree in education, he relocated to New York City. While working as an educator, he continued studying filmmaking at The New York Film Academy and New York University. After earning a second master’s degree in education, accomplishing a successful career as a teacher and principal, and sending his daughter to begin her college journey at Northwestern University, he left the field of education to pursue his dream of becoming a professional filmmaker - full time. He recently completed an MFA in film at The City College of New York in 2020.
Muhammad’s first festival screening was a short film that he wrote and directed entitled SAPO, which opened to very positive reviews at the Improfilm Festival in 2019. He is currently in post-production with another short film Scorned. His most recently released short film, The Blue Cave, has been submitted to and accepted by over a dozen film festivals across the United States and abroad. The Blue Cave won Best Cinematography at Cityvisions Film & Video Showcase 2020 in New York City. Muhammad is the creative director of Bilal World Entertainment, an independent production company which he founded in 2020.
He has two new short films that are set to start production in 2021, and a feature length film set to start production in 2022 in South Africa. He continues to train as an actor and is a member of One on One NYC.