Mousa Kraish was raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn in New York City. His family owned a small grocery in the heart of Flatbush, Brooklyn where he worked while attending Brooklyn College. He gained a B.F.A in creative writing and a B.A. in film. He went on to work as a photographer and cinematographer for numerous media companies and went on to start to build a career as a Music Video Director. In 2002, he attended the Atlantic Theater Company where he studied with Robert Bella through the studio conservatory for two years. Afterwards, he acted mostly in downtown spaces and black boxes, finding artistic homes with groups such as the Barrow Group and The Drilling Company. In 2005, Steven Spielberg cast him in Munich (2005), starring Eric Bana and Daniel Craig. Justin Lin cast him in his fourth feature, Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007), which went on to premiere at the 2007 Sundance and San Francisco Film Festivals. Since then, he has appeared in several independent and television films, as well as features, including such luminaries as Mike Nichols, Greg Mottola, Judd Apatow and Al Pacino. Other directors include Sidney Lumet, Steven Spielberg, and Todd Solondz. In 2005, he made his Off-Broadway debut in the Obie Award nominated play, Pentecost. Stage directors include Seth Barrish, Joe Clancy and Olga George. Since his move to Los Angeles, he has been directing numerous projects including his current feature, How to Make a Dollarbill in Brooklyn (2009).
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