Malik Vitthal graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He co-wrote his feature directorial debut Imperial Dreams, which was developed at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and the Jerusalem International Film Lab. Imperial Dreams premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award: Best of NEXT and had a worldwide release on Netflix in February 2017, as a NETFLIX ORIGINAL during Black History Month. The film, featuring John Boyega set in Watts, Los Angeles was hailed by critics as a modern gangster fairytale masterpiece.
In 2018, Malik Vitthal’s film The Talk for P&G, which exposes the talk that black mothers have to have with their children about racism throughout the decades It received a Prime-Time EMMY for Best Commercial. The commercial was also featured in the TV show Blackish, and continues to spark a dialogue about race and diversity.