Samantha Davidson Green is a film+theater artist+educator based in Plainfield, NH+Brooklyn, NY. In her collaborative approach to storytelling, Samantha seeks to build art through community+community through art.
After gathering accolades on the festival circuit, Samantha’s first feature film, THRASHER ROAD, will be released October, 2019. She recently taught Film Directing in the Film and Media Studies Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
Samantha earned her MFA in Film Directing at UCLA Graduate School of Film, TV & Digital Media where she was recognized with a University Fellowship, Hollywood Foreign Press Association grant, Mary Pickford Award, Lynn Weston Award, and Caucus Foundation grant. Her award-winning short films have played in festivals worldwide, including Tribeca Film Festival (Winner, Best Student Film Award), Rhode Island International (Winner, Audience Choice), Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, Baja Film Festival (Mexico), Heart of Gold Film Festival (Australia) and the AFL-CIO D.C. Labor Film Festival, among others.
Raised in the mountains of New Hampshire, Samantha headed west to Stanford University where she earned her BA in English with Humanities Honors. From there she moved to Japan where she taught English as a Second Language to doctors, medical students and citrus farmers for a year before backpacking through rural China. Back in the US, Samantha found her passion for collective storytelling on screen+stage while teaching in rural Mississippi through the Mississippi Teacher Corps during which she also earned her MA in Secondary Education at the University of Mississippi.
Samantha went on to work in children’s television, new program development, creative services and new media at KQED TV9, San Francisco’s PBS station. There she launched the KQED Media Education Project and Independent Film Initiative. Recruited to UCLA’s Graduate School of Theater, Film and Television in 2000 with a University Fellowship, Samantha wrote, directed and produced numerous award-winning short films, both scripted+documentary. During graduate school, Samantha interned with HBO Films, the Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Program, and the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.
Samantha’s feature screenplays DEAD END JOB, based on her short film by the same name, and GIFTED & TALENTED, a dark comedy about New York City’s cut-throat Kindergarten admissions, were recognized at the Independent Feature Film Project Film Forum.
Samantha’s first feature THRASHER ROAD, shot on 16mm on location in 20 states across America, recently won Best First Feature at World-Fest Houston, Best US Feature at Austin Revolution Film Festival, and the Spirit of Independent Filmmaking Award at Stony Brook Film Festival. Her film production clients have included Stanford University, The Prospect Park Alliance, Hannah Senesh Community Day School, The Hootenanny Art House, and VIA/Volunteers in Asia.
Returning to New England, in addition to her own filmmaking, Samantha teaches film-related courses in the Dartmouth community and produces community theater+film events. Her recent productions include Flash Mob Caesar, a film/theater/social media hybrid take on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, The Knave of Hearts for Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Steel Magnolias, The Tempest and various children’s musical productions. She has served on the Parish Players Theater board and presently serves on the White River Indie Film Festival board of directors.
Screen Samantha is presently developing her next feature film with collaborator and former student Khaleel Lee based on the life of Charles “The Redeemer” Kelly. Stage In 2020 Samantha will direct two plays in rep exploring utopian visions from the Middle East at the turn of the last century.