Bachar Khattar, Director and cinematographer, was born in Lebanon, and grew up in Beirut, finishing his studies in Audiovisual in 2008 at Saint Joseph University.

His first short film won the Best Cinematography Award in Lebanon at the Notre Dame University, and he immediately moved into filming commercials, TV shows, and web series for popular artists in the region, as well as short and feature documentaries.

In 2009 he worked as a director of photography on “Beirut, I love you” a web-series that made a great impact in Lebanon and was aired on LBC Tv station.

In 2012 he also filmed two award winning web-series “mamnou3!” and “Fasateen”.

In 2014, Bachar worked as Director of Photography on Yemeniettes, his first feature documentary. The project won several awards, including Best Documentary Award at the High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, NY.

An avid outdoorsman, Bachar’s love for the Lebanese countryside led him to meet Avedis Kalpaklian, the Lebanon Mountain Trail Ultra runner and mountaineer, and subsequently Patrick Vaughan.

Patrick was an inspiration to Bachar who kept pressing for an explanation of why Patrick was running. Patrick eventually shared the secrets of his life on camera, appearing so genuine and content with his story. This drove Bachar on his own journey to document the run and tell Patrick’s story. He initially collected more than 20 hours of footage and then began a relentless three-year effort to release the final production.

In 2018, Bachar joined Patrick while he attempted the “Triple Crown of 200’s”, a series of 200+ mile races featuring some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the United States. Bachar filmed the Bigfoot 200 Endurance Run in August, Tahoe 200 in September, and Moab 240 miler in October. The Triple Crown is the apex of ultrarunning, totaling 645 miles in three races over 10 weeks and taking contestants up to 317 hours to complete. In collaboration with the race organizers, Destination Trail, we produced four shorts, one for each of the races, and one of the overall Triple Crown experience.

In 2019, House of Steep Productions collaborated with Visionaire Media and the MENA Media Fund to finalize the short documentary and release it to festivals beginning in June 2020.

Mr. Khattar is principal director and cinematographer for Confessions of a Runner, beginning with the race footage from June 2017. He has immersed in ultra runs documentaries and developed a passion for trail runs.

His work led him to work in more than 25 countries around the world.