Theophilus Jamal is a self-described "Serial Filmmaker".
A director/cameraman with roots in 35mm film production, Theophilus is inspired by 70's maverick filmmaking. He is also a Second City-trained writer, coarse actor, torch-bearing film historian, rhythm guitarist, drummer, and ordained minister.
His work is informed by the "complex simplicity" of life.
Theophilus has worked both in-front-of and behind the camera, most notably appearing in “Conspiracy?: The Oklahoma City Bombing” as undercover operative turned terrorist Edwin Angeles, a character in the John Woo-directed video game “Stranglehold”, and as actor Bai Ling's (The Crow, Wild Wild West) father in "Yellow Hill: The Stranger's Tale". He has worked as an Camera Assistant for motion pictures and has even managed for several prestigious film festivals (Sundance, South By Southwest, Chicago International Film Festival).
In 2012, Theophilus' short film "The Ballad of Edy Ash" was selected by Women in Film Chicago as Best Student Film. His documentary short "American Flag" took top honors at the 2nd Annual Looking For Democracy Film Contest sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council . Another documentary short "Sons of Butch" placed first at The 26th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest. He has screened his films in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Edinburgh UK, Milwaukee, Chicago, and his hometown Waukegan, IL.
He is currently developing his MFA thesis film at DePaul University.