Entertaining and making people laugh has always been Samantha's true desire. With that goal in mind, she also decided to academically foster her passion, studying English and Film at the University of Toronto in her hometown. Traveling towards Hollywood, she paused in Chicago where she graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago Law School. Finally, she moved to LA in 2010 with her California bar license in hand.
Beginning as production legal counsel on the short film Comrades, swiftly she could no longer deny her true destiny to be part of the creative heart of projects. Partnering with Landed Entertainments, a production company in Toronto, Samantha was able to split her time between coasts, during which time they produced a series of music videos for Japanese pop-stars and the comedy shorts Americanistan, Street Meet and Day Players.
Always a clever wordsmith, she teamed up with her brother Jesse, with whom she wrote the semi-autobiographical comedy Let's Rap. After producing a short version first, they produced the feature length in 2014, directed by WAF's Neil Huber and including a cameo by Jason Priestley. Jesse and Samantha are currently in development with their latest comedy masterpiece, The Adoption.
Samantha continues to write comedies solo and with partners who share her proclivity for off-colour humour and pop culture referencing. Due to a bet, she also wrote a romance novel and self-published it on Amazon.
Photo: Luna Simic
What lesson did you learn from your first moments as a writer?
Less is more. As a dialogue driven writer, sometimes I forget that films are visual and as a buddy once told me, a picture says a thousand words...
What word of filmmaking advice would you give to your younger self?
What filmmaker has formed how you approach your own films and why?
Judd Apatow and his crew have been a big influence. You can be snappy, sharp and profane while still creating characters that resonate. And he seems to be having a grand ol' time during the production process. Making films should be fun.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a filmmaker?
Shyness. You can't make films without letting people read your material first. That was a big step.
What’s great about making films in Canada?
Maple syrup with every craft service.
What Canadian film inspires you?
Fubar One and Fubar Two. They are both hysterical films.
What do you love about the art of filmmaking and why?
When you make a film you can be part of any time, place, industry or background.
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Photo: Elias Danner
LIVE OPTION! presented by Raindance Canada and Without A Flock is Canada's first-ever live pitch/feature screenplay acquisition competition!
The Grand Prize winner will receive CAD$1,000 cash PLUS a 2-year option deal from Without A Flock Films & Distribution.
HOW IT WORKS:
1) Submit your feature screenplay online exclusively at FilmFreeway
2) The Top 10 Finalists will be notified on October 23 and invited to attend a free pitch workshop in Toronto on November 11 hosted by Raindance Canada and led by the Without A Flock partners -- Al Magee, Ali Mashayekhi and Neil Huber
3) Finalists pitch their screenplays at the LIVE OPTION! pitch event on November 13 hosted by Raindance Founder Elliot Grove and juried by the Without A Flock partners
4) The Grand Prize winner and 2 Runners-Up will be selected by the jury that night!