We had the good fortune of connecting with Yusuf Khan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yusuf, why did you pursue a creative career?
In retrospect, people and moments throughout my life solidified the decision to pursue writing and filmmaking. By people, I mean my family. I am the youngest of four children, born and raised on the southside of Chicago. I still have fond memories of my parents, brother, and two sisters packed in the car en route to see the weekend movie. There was something euphoric about the moviegoing experience. Finding your seat, the anticipation of the house lights darkening, the first image that shines on that big white screen. I knew nothing about how a film was made, all I knew was how movies made me feel. My first job was as a movie theatre usher in high school. One day, I was cleaning out a theatre between showings. I stopped sweeping and looked up at the scrolling end credits. As I was watching the numerous production jobs, I said to myself, “I can do that”. That’s when I knew I wanted my name to be up there. The dots were officially connected.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
After attending Columbia College Chicago, I moved to L.A. to attend Columbia College Hollywood. I started my production company, Infinite Vision Films, shortly after I moved to L.A. Infinite Vision FIilms aims to tell stories that enlighten as well as entertain. One that provides the kind of escapism that sparks conversation and sees the world in a new way. My projects and writing span across genres. I filmed a dark comedy/horror, inner-city drama, and a sci-fi. They say write what you know, I strongly disagree with that. I am a black American Muslim from Chicago, and I wrote a Western feature that received accolades from film festivals. I started up a podcast with my dear friend, Genoa, called In-Flight Entertainment. We review movie and occasionally bring on guests to chime in on our movie analysis. We are in the second year of our podcast, having recorded more than one hundred episodes. I’m proud to have a black-owned business in the form of a production company. I count my blessing every day my journey lead me to plant my flag in the wonderful city of Los Angeles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The week begins with you getting in the car. I give you a devilish laugh, similar to Denzel Washington in the movie Training Day. Griffith Park hike to the Observatory is always a good start. You getting sun, soaking up the view of the city, and snap that selfie. Laguna Beach to splash around some water. Mulholland Drive to cruise around. When that is done, we eat, and eat, and eat. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Il Capriccio on Vermont, Masa of Echo Park, Sanamluang Cafe, Palermo, Taco Zone taco truck, Zahle in North Hollywood, Portos, just to name a few. We can head to EightyTwo for some retro fun. Of course, we are going to see a flick. K-Town for BBQ and Karaoke, nightcap at Short Stop. California Donuts for the finish. King Kong ain’t got S&%* on me!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Big shoutout to my wife, Chrissy. She is my angel on earth who is always my rock of support. To my parents for making movies and storytelling a huge part of my upbringing. To my creative friends constantly keeping me in awe of their vision. To Genoa, the best podcast partner anyone can ever have. She is the heart of our In-Flight Entertainment podcast and keeps things fresh and funny. To the Columbia College Chicago and Columbia College Hollywood instructors for expanding my horizon in the art of filmmaking. And last but not least, the city of L.A. for keeping me on my Hollywood hustle.
Other: In-Flight Entertainment Podcast https://inflightentertainment.podbean.com/