Liam Dalzell was born in Medak, India, emigrated to Ireland as a teenager, and then to the United States in 1995. He studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin and at New York University. He worked in academic publishing for several years, editing books in philosophy, religion, and classics. Liam left New York to enroll in the Documentary Film and Video Program at Stanford University, where he earned his M.A. in 2004. His thesis film, Punjabi Cab, looks at the lives of Sikh-American cab drivers as they deal with post-9/11 hatred. It has screened at numerous US and international film festivals, has been broadcast by PBS affiliates, and is distributed by the Center for Asian American Media. Since graduation, Liam has been paying bills as a freelance cinematographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, while he works on his own projects.