As a distinguished video game director, Khonsari is known for having developed the cinematic look and feel for the iconic AAA franchises such as Grand Theft Auto/Vice City/San Andreas, Max Payne, The Warriors, Midnight Club, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Alan Wake, Homefront and most recently, the AAA hit Resident Evil 7.
Khonsari’s celebrated original titles; 1979 Revolution, Hero, Fire Escape, Blindfold—have earned him the industries top honors including Best Game Direction and Independent Game of the Year Nominations by Academy of Interactive Sciences (DICE), BAFTA, Winner of Facebook’s Game of the Year, Lumiere Award for Best Immersive, Winning Indiecade Jury Prize, NY Game Critics Nominations for Writing, Best Narrative Game, Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscape Award and more.
Under the direction of Khonsari, his independent studio is at the forefront of video games and immersive experiences––that Fast Company calls “an Innovation Agent”. Featured in more than 70 notable press outlets including, NEW YORKER, VICE, BBC, FAST COMPANY, NPR, WIRED, TIME, BUZZFEED AND THE GUARDIAN. Khonsari guest lectures sharing his unique vision, bold success as a director for games and immersive experiences for classes at Yale University, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Northwestern in Qatar, University of North Carolina, White House, United Nations, Sundance and more.
Graduate of the prestigious Actors’ Studio and mentored by Mike Leigh. Khonsari has directed some of Hollywood’s most noted talents such as Ray Liota, Dennis Hopper, Luis Guzman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ice-T, Debbie Harry, Deepak Chopra, James Woods, Danny Trejo and Samuel L. Jackson, and Navid Negahban.