Habib Yazdi is an Iranian-American director and comedic writer shaped by his upbringing in rural Texas, where his family's Persian traditions intersected with a Southern Baptist community. This distinctive blend spurred an interest in crafting stories about how cultural backgrounds shape behavior.
Currently, Habib is finalizing a PBS docuseries about emerging BIPOC and LGBTQ+ comedians. His mockumentary, Boycott Band, addressing North Carolina’s House Bill 2, earned a D&AD Graphite Pencil and was shortlisted at the Cannes Lions festival. Another of his films, Somewhere in America #MIPSTERZ, sparked a viral debate on American Muslim identity and was exhibited at the DeYoung and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design museums. Habib has also collaborated with major brands, including Starbucks, Nike, Converse and Ford, and was the digital series director for National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated show, Brain Games. His work has screened at film festivals around the world.
Habib earned his MFA from NYU Tisch, where he received the Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award and Goldberg Play Prize. He is currently participating in the AMC + Amazon sponsored writing fellowship, Mentorship Matters, and the Warner Bros. Discovery Access Directors Program.