Hiyam Abousaid was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she received her BA in cinema at Southern Methodist University. In the years during and after her time at SMU, Hiyam shot and directed several short films in both film and digital formats. She also owned her own wedding photography business as well as freelancing as a deposition videographer. Anxious to further her career in directing and cinematography, Hiyam applied and was accepted to Chapman University where she pursued a Master of Fine Arts in film production. Hiyam's career at Chapman flourished--she was the recipient of the esteemed Marion Knott Fellowship, a scholarship awarded to a select few students. Hiyam was also awarded the Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant/Scholarship after being nominated by faculty and administration at Chapman. She also received a full scholarship in the highly-competitive International Documentary Program to film a documentary in Africa. Hiyam was also selected to be a Marion Knott Scholar whereby she was mentored by Jonathan Sanger, who produced such films as "The Elephant Man" and "Frances". Mr. Sanger mentored Hiyam as she began development and pre-production on "Dear Dad". Hiyam graduated from Chapman with an MFA in film production with an emphasis in cinematography. Hiyam is currently directing, shooting and camera assisting on various productions.