Karim López began making films (on video) when he was ten years old in Brooklyn, New York, and started teaching himself editing when Final Cut Pro was born.
In ten years as a freelance editor for narrative, documentary, broadcast television, music videos, non-profit promotion and commercials, he has established a capacity and reputation for high creativity, good story-sense, passion, professionalism and speed.
The first short doc he edited, We Got Next , was a finalist for best short documentary at the 2004 H20 International Hip Hop Film Festival. It has screened at festivals and been used educationally all over the country.
In 2009, Karim teamed up with director Daniel Peddle ("The Aggressives") to cut his first feature-length documentary, Trail Angels, a verité doc about four individuals who help seasonal Appalachian Trail Thru-hikers. Trail Angels debuted on the Documentary Channel's "Across America" series in 2011 and is distributed by 7th Art Releasing.
In the Fall of 2011, Karim cut his fourth feature-length doc, working with award-winning director Louise Osmond and British production company, Blast Films (’Hunger,’ 2008), on a special two-hour A&E presentation, The Long Island Serial Killer. (The film was also broadcast on BBC 4 in the UK). In 2012, L.I.S.K. was submitted by A&E for Emmy consideration in the categories of Best Documentary and Best Editing.
In 2012, Karim edited and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Let Fury Have the Hour, directed by Antonino D'Ambrosio. Fury premiered in the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival’s prestigious Spotlight Series, made several top ten lists, and has since played at various festivals in Europe and the U.S. (including Rotterdam International and DocHouse, London, U.K.). It was released theatrically by Cavu Pictures in December, 2012 (opening in more than 15 U.S. cities) and has been screened for college students nationwide through the React To Film educational film series. Adam Schartoff from the New York Times called it “Exuberant… a thoughtful and entertaining debut film.” Rachel Maddow said it was, “Rousing… You’ll leave the theater wanting to create something LOUD.” And from E. Nina Rothe of the Huffington Post: “Let Fury Have the Hour is a cinematic movement, not just a film.”
In the Spring of 2013, Karim teamed up once again with director Daniel Peddle to cut his first narrative feature, Sunset Edge, which will be doing the U.S. festival circuit in 2014.
His work has screened internationally at numerous festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rotterdam International, Wroclaw Film Festival (Poland), NorthWest Film Festival (Ireland), Brooklyn Arts Council International, Rooftop Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival; and been broadcast on A&E, BBC, the Documentary Channel, Democracy Now and Link TV.
He still resides in Brooklyn.