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Sami Chan

(they/them)
Documentary Filmmaker, Cephalopod Films
Oakland, CA US
Available for Full Time
Available for Freelance
Open To Mentoring
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Sami is a queer filmmaker and artist whose films explore the relationship between trauma, identity, and the imagination.

About

Sami is a documentary filmmaker and artist whose films are interested in exploring the politics of intimacy and relationships through the lens of queerness. With influences from experimental film and ethnographic filmmaking, Sami’s work frequently engages with the meta act of storytelling as a space to explore the relationship between trauma, identity, and the imagination. Their short films include In The Canyon, a non-verbal film about an aging wild horse living in the California foothills, and Encounters in Lot C a filmic meditation on liminality set in the landscape of a Walmart parking lot. Their films have screened throughout the US and abroad, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, ZINEBI International Film Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and the De Young Museum. Sami received their MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University, and studied anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking at New York University.