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Sam has been making films since 2003. His four most popular films, GENDERBUSTERS (2010), PERCEPTION (2010), DATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE (2013), and FLOAT (2015) are distributed by CFMDC. For festival inquiries on those titles, please contact Aimee Mitchell at All other film inquiries should be directed to Sam at Thanks!

FLOAT (2015)

We are thrilled to announce Sam's new film, FLOAT. A four-minute experimental short film shot completely underwater of trans and genderqueer folks swimming naked set to music by trans musician Rae Spoon. We shot the film in February 2015 and will make its World Premiere this Summer 2015 at Frameline: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival in June. For tickets go here. Please 'like' the Facebook page, and visit the fully-funded Kickstarter page to learn more about the project. For updates, please email to get on the mailing list. Thanks!


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Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, is Episode #1 in an upcoming animated documentary web-series about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person. Sam’s goal as a filmmaker is to provide a positive voice for the trans, genderqueer, androgynous & gender-fluid folks not yet represented on screen, documenting our history, serving as a call to action to be recognized and respected by society at large, and forcing our culture to evolve. Dating Sucks, while focusing on a sub-sub culture, is universally relatable because at its heart it is a search for love and oneself. By recognizing our similarities, Sam’s hope is that all people can find common ground for acceptance and understanding.



• Transgender Short Film Audience Award - Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013

• Best Short Trans Film – Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2013

• Winner Gender Bender Competition – Hamburg International Queer Film Festival 2013

• Golden Reel: Jury Award & Audience Award for Best Experimental/Animated Short – Reeling: Chicago LGBT Intl. Film Festival 2013


Astutely observed and sweetly compelling, a universally relatable film series about trans dating.

Curve Magazine on DATING SUCKS

Exhibition Formats: Quicktime, Digibeta NTSC, DVD NTSC & PAL

Total running time: 13min

Distributed by CFMDC.


Selected Screenings

Frameline37, Gender Reel, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Vinokino Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Finland, Reel Q Pittsburgh, Brussels Pink Screens Belgium, Queer Film Festival Mezipatra Czech Republic, Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Polari Film Festival, Brussels Pink Screens Film Festival, Reeling: Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, MIX NYC - New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, BFI London LGBT Film Festival.



In their fight for the Gender Evolution Revolution, the Genderbusters drive around resolving the gender-binary dilemmas of folks all over San Francisco.



Best Trans Short - Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2011


Shot on 16mm, HD Transfer

Exhibition Formats: DigiBeta NTSC, DVD NTSC & PAL, DVD English Subtitles

Total running time: 6 min

Distributed by CFMDC.


Selected Screenings

Trans/Giving Film Festival LA, Pittsburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, San Francisco Tranny Fest, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Seminar “Gay and Lesbian Cinema: Social and Cultural Attitudes in Film” Harvard University Extension School, 21st Melbourne Queer Film Festival Australia, Diversity in Place Film Fest Hawaii, PINK APPLE Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Switzerland, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Translations 2011: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival India, Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival Alberta Canada, Pride of the Ocean’s CineSLAM Festival Cruise, Frameline35: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Pink Screens Film Festival Brussels Belgium, BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival UK.



An experimental animation exploring the disconnect between one's own perception of self and how one is seen by the rest of the world, specifically facing the journey of transition from female to male.


Scanner, Photoshop, Photobooth

Exhibition Formats: DigiBeta NTSC, DVD NTSC & PAL

Total running time: 1min 28sec

Distributed by CFMDC & Frameline Voices.


Selected Screenings

Frameline35: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Butch Briefs at Butch Voices Conference Oakland CA, 'Lights Camera (Trans) Action' Film Night Manchester Pride UK, Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Gender Bender Shorts Hamburg International Queer Film Festival Germany, Frameline Voices, Image+Nation 24: Generation Q Program, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival.

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