Being from Brooklyn has left an indelible mark on Jamal’s cinematography —
“Finding the beauty in that visceral environment and how the two interacted with each other was always fascinating to me. Even at a young age, when I didn’t understand art, [I knew] THIS was ART.”
Jamal has been working in the industry for 8 years in New York City, as well as internationally. Shooting short films, feature length movies, as well as artistic videos for brands and artists has brought him the insight of understanding the needs of all types of stories and genres.
In 2014, he won the Zeiss Precision Image Award; following that, his contribution behind the camera on the short film Flowers, allowed for the film to win Best Short at the 2016 American Black Film Festival. The film went on to air on HBO throughout 2017. 2018 brought opportunities in television, with TVOne’s UNCENSORED series where Jamal lenses episodes featuring Lala Anthony and Charlemange. The latter episode garnered the network’s highest rating for the season. For him, these momentous achievements cemented the belief that improvement is key and should be utilized in strengthening each and every frame.