Visiting Professor

Office Location:

Lynn Library

Room 324

Email: rkhalil@lynn.edu

Phone: +1 561-237-7354

Professional Profile

Ronnie Khalil is an award-winning producer, writer and director, and was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40”.

He recently directed the feature film "With a Kiss I Die" in the Greek Islands, and his short kids film "Nightmarish" is on the festival circuit. Ronnie also co-directed and co-wrote the feature film, “You Can’t Kill Stephen King” – a campy horror comedy set in Maine, which has sold internationally and just received domestic distribution. Ronnie was also a contributing writer and co-producer of the feature film, “From A to B,” which opened the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and received theatrical distribution in the Middle East.

His short film “The Meter Man of Le Moutrechon” won Best Director at the Miami International Film Festival’s “Cinema Slam” competition. His screenplay, "Seducing Leyla" was accepted to both the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival as part of their Film Connections, and his screenplay, “Stealing the Devil” was a quarterfinalist for the Screencraft Horror Competition. His latest script, "Kateland and The Clown" was a quarterfinalist for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. 

Khalil served as a guest panelist at the Dubai International Film Festival to discuss, “Comedy Across Cultures” and is part of the Miami Film Festival Shorts Jury.

He has been featured on ABC News, BBC, CNN, The World, NPR, FOX, the European News Channel, Air America, and Al Jazeera, and has written articles for CNN.com and CollegeHumor.com. In addition to his film accomplishments, Ronnie was co-Founder of The Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in Los Angeles and garnered national attention as the first comedian to perform in Cairo after Egypt’s revolution, joking about taboo subjects such as politics and sexual harassment.

Khalil has performed with the Axis of Evil, Arabs Gone Wild, Sultans of Satire and taped two Friday Night Live Showtime Comedy specials in Dubai, including Minorities Rule and New World Order, as well as a stand-up show on Australia’s Comedy Channel and the new Sirius XM special, “Ronnie Khalil, Unveiled in Lebanon.”

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