Yor-El was born on a June Saturday morning in Monrovia, Liberia. He has won numerous awards for film including the 2011 Ward Fund Crystal Award for Innovation in Filmmaking and the 2005 African Film Commission's top prize for his screenplay FIRE OF THE SUN, a story based on the life of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Piankhi, who is an unwilling hero compelled to bring together the country's fractured lower and upper kingdoms.
Yor-El was educated at the Bright Functional School, the Hilton Van Ee School and the American Cooperative School in Monrovia, Liberia and then continued his secondary education at the Sierra Leone Grammar School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Upon graduation, his family relocated to New York City where he enrolled at Hunter College, a liberal arts school on Manhattan's Upper East-side. Yor-El studied film production and interned at MTV Networks during his undergraduate years.
He then went on to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Directing Film and Interactive Media from the City College of New York.
Yor-El is also a graduate of the prestigious two-year Directors Guild of America's post-graduate Producer Training program which sent him to work on various productions including NCIS, CRANK, DREAMGIRLS, FRACTURE, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, the O.C. and a host of other productions.
He's currently in post-production on his directorial debut, MURDER IN THE CASSAVA PATCH, a film based on a classic Liberian novel by the late Bai Tamia Moore. It was shot entirely on location in the village of Dimeh, Bomi County, Liberia.