Youssef Delara started out in the film industry as a Visual Effects Associate on the highly successful Paramount Television series, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” where he moved up to Visual Effects Supervisor before going on to produce visual effects for “Star Trek: Voyager” as well as sequences for the popular “Star Trek” feature films “Generations” and “Insurrection.” After a stint working on another visual effects heavy television series, Universal Studio‟s “Burning Zone,” and two heavy visual effects features, “The Karate Dog & Baby Geniuses 2”.
Beginning in 2003, Mr. Delara devoted himself full time to his own projects, writing and directing his first feature, English as a Second Language (ESL), in 2004 and 2005. The film went on to win Best Feature awards at the Newport Beach, Boston Latino, Orlando Latino, Portland Pine and the Santa Fe Film Festivals.
In 2009, Delara collaborated on his second feature, Bedrooms, co-producing and writing and directing sections of the portmanteau film starring Julie Benz and Moon Bloodgood. Delara also was the lead editor on the film. The film premiered on the Showtime Networks released domestically and internationally in the fall of 2011.
In 2011, Delara directed “Filly Brown” with long time friend Michael D. Olmos. “Filly Brown” stars Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mexican singing sensation, Jenni Rivera and tracks the journey of tough female rapper as she transforms from underground street rapper to pop stardom. Delara wrote the screenplay and was also the lead editor of this his third feature film. The film is set to make its world premiere in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012.