Our team. Old school meets new school, with a creative team as creatively varied
as our projects at MIPSTERZ.
Founder, Filmmaker, Producer
Abbas Rattani is an academic, entertainer, and founder of MIPSTERZ. He is a strong advocate for individuality and self-expression in minority communities. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Religious Studies with a focus on Islamic Studies. He has published, presented, and taught numerous works on Islamic ethics, social justice, morality, research ethics, film/tv communication, and religious authority. He has opened for Lewis Black and Wyatt Cenac of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live. He has produced countless films and created content for MTV, Tumblr, and musical artists. He can be found roaming the streets of Louisville, KY in an oversized airport jacket or by email.
Artist, Maker, Educator
Shimul Chowdhury is a new media artist and professor of Digital Media and Creative Technology at Florida SouthWestern State College. She studied Art + Technology at the University of Florida and holds an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Shimul has taught a number of undergraduate level courses on interactive and electronic art, animation, graphic design, and game design. Her artwork has been featured in the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, The Front Gallery, and The 4Most Gallery, among others. She can be found knitting and stitching in sweltering South Florida or via email.
Producer, Musician, Planner
Yusuf Siddiquee is a music producer and leader in nonprofit financial management. He studied Economics at the University of Chicago and holds a Masters of Public Administration from NYU. He has worked for arts organizations such as the Silent Barn, Brooklyn Academy of Music, ArteEast, and StoryCorps, and is an alumnus of the 2020 NYFA Emerging Leaders Program. Before joining Mipsterz in 2013, he developed a strong reputation for community organizing with the open mic series “Subcontinental Drift NYC.” His debut album “Softee” was released in 2017 and he has produced film scores for short films featured in MTV’s “LookDifferent” campaign, the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival, and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. He can be found tinkering with drum samples and coffee beans in Brooklyn, NY or by email.
AISHA JEMILA DANIELS
Visual Artist, Designer
Aisha is a visual artist born in Miami, Florida. She has trained and worked in the field of visual arts for over nine years, having exhibited and done collaborations in Africa, the Middle East, North America, Central America, and Europe. Aisha holds a BFA in Photography from Howard University and an MFA in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar.
Aisha’s distinct blend of futurist imagery has shaped the visual and public facing elements of ALHAMDU. She can be reached via email.
Creative Consultant, Illustrator
Sara Alfageeh is an award-winning illustrator and creative director working to redefine what we expect Muslim protagonists to look like. She is a graduate of Lesley University College of Art & Design in Illustration and has produced artwork for Star Wars, BBC, Hank Green, Google, Marvel Comics, NYU Game Center, Chronicle Books, Harvard University, etc. Her graphic novel, “Squire” will be released under Harper Collins in 2021. She brings her expertise in illustration, art design, visual art, social media engagement, and crowdfunding to the “ALHAMDU” project.
She can be reached if you place a fresh cup of chai at dawn while humming out of tune, or by email.
Heba Habib has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of international publications & was for several years a reporter for The Washington Post, covering the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. She has also worked as a screenwriter, translator, researcher, TV producer and director. She can be reached via email.