Sultan Sharrief is a trans-media activist, filmmaker, educator and social entrepreneur. His interest lies at the intersection of art, business, and community impact. He graduated with honors with a B.A. in Film/Video from the University of Michigan. His senior project was the design of a new filmmaking model, Student EFEX, which partnered metro Detroit youth with University of Michigan students and working professionals to create a three-tiered mentorship program while simultaneously making a film and doing a large scale community impact activation.
The film they made together, his directorial debut, Bilal's Stand, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 in the inaugural program of the NEXT category.
He was a two-year fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity to further develop his youth program and study ways media impacted access to high education. He led three separate eight month research projects at University of Michigan studying new media, viral culture, and potential business models for creating new media.
He has produced two other feature films, Moozlum, in 2011 with Danny Glover, Nia Long, and Evan Ross, and Destined in 2016 with Hill Harper, Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, and Lala Anthony.
In 2015 he was accepted as one of eight national finalists to the National Black Programming Consortium NBPC360 incubator and, upon winning, had his youth reality show for PBS national funded. The show, Street Cred, features Detroit youth learning entertainment-producing skills.
He is a guest instructor at the University of Michigan and a curator for the Citnetopia International Film Festival. He recently shifted interest to Virtual Reality and attended the Sundance Virtual Reality lab and the Oculus LaunchPad program and was accepted to a fellowship with the Detroit Narrative agency developing an interactive Virtual Reality short film.