Hey, I'm Samiat!

Oakland, California

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

The Alternate

Oakland, California Film Feature
Sci-Fi, Thriller

Upon unlocking a portal to an alternate dimension where his dreams have come true, struggling filmmaker Jake must confront his ideal self.

85%

This project got the green light!

Hawks Ridge

Richmond, Virginia Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

A grieving ex-pastor ponders whether to save the life of the man who killed his wife.

82%

This project got the green light!

All of This!!!

Oakland, California Film Short
Drama, Experimental

A group of artists face rejection and failure in the moments before a natural disaster in Oakland, CA.

102%

This project got the green light!

The Last Day of School

Minneapolis, Minnesota Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Two boys and two futures, hanging in the balance between an act of kindness and a mother's misguided love.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Rehearsal

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Transmedia

After a scandal rocks her reputation, twenty-something actress Anne is poised for her comeback role in a buzzy NYC production of Miss Julie.

86%

This project got the green light!

Don't Ever Let Go

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Animation, Drama

Mia and her brother Alex find a powerful stone that thrusts them into different paths while bringing them closer then they've ever been.

95%

This project got the green light!

Altars: A Cross-Cultural Day of the Dead

Washington, District of Columbia Film Feature
Documentary

A groundbreaking documentary film about creating a cross-cultural Day of the Dead celebration for African Americans

85%

This project got the green light!

Funny Brown People

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Family

An immigrant working class Mexican-American family tries to make sense of each other and the world they’re assimilating into.

107%

This project got the green light!

Fully Formed Adults

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Romance

A series of awkward interactions between Gen Xers and Millennials

117%

This project got the green light!

Search History

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

In the search of her Korean family’s history, Grace sends her grandma’s DNA to 23+Me and unravels a huge family secret...a Japanese uncle!

104%

This project got the green light!

BURST

New York City, New York Film Short
Adventure, Comedy

A candy shortage in the Bronx, sends a teen girl and her best friend on a mission to track down the last pack & get her first kiss.

114%

This project got the green light!

VOCE

New York City, New York Film Short
Musical, Romance

In a world where humans "speak" with instrumental sounds, a mute young woman has one day to tell the singer she loves how she feels.

88%

This project got the green light!

Frankenstealth

Union, New Jersey Film Short
Animation, Family

The coolest daddy-daughter relationship is put to the test when an urgent project spirals out of control.

100%

This project got the green light!

Help Wanted

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Family

A directionless delinquent tests the relationship with her family when her fear of failure prevents her from taking her life seriously.

100%

This project got the green light!

Proud

San Jose, California Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

An Asian American learns to become proud of her Korean heritage while trying to discover her identity as an American.

128%

This project got the green light!

THEY WHO SURROUND US

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama

A farmer follows a voice deep into the woods enabling him to see his wife one last time.

187%

This project got the green light!

Broker 2

New York, United States Film Feature
Comedy, Thriller

A small-town serial killer moves from his usual hunting grounds to the Big Apple, where he finds it hard to adjust to city living.

84%

This project got the green light!

White Crow

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.

89%

This project got the green light!

Hudson

Syracuse, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Hudson is a dramedy about two distant cousins that take a trip in an old Volvo to scatter one of their late mother's ashes.

100%

This project got the green light!

Anatomy of Wings

Baltimore, Maryland Film Feature
Documentary, Global Celebration

A young mentor from East Baltimore seeks to understand how ten teenage girls are feeling courage toward their circumstances.

111%

This project got the green light!

The Bachelorette Party

Orcas, Washington Film Feature
Comedy, Horror

Six girlfriends go to a remote island for a bachelorette party, where they go from fighting off bad hangovers to fighting for their lives.

127%

This project got the green light!

What She Said

Flint Hill, Virginia Film Feature
Drama, Family

Sam's sure the best way to face her trauma is alone on her family's farm. Her brother's sure she's wrong. A Thanksgiving intervention movie.

82%

This project got the green light!

Between the Moon and You

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A young couple's sweet romance spirals into chaos as the two fall out of love and struggle to keep a grip on reality.

82%

This project got the green light!

Birthright?!

Miami, Florida Film Feature
Documentary

A journey into the tropically surreal identities of Miami's favorite hyphenated American musical duo, Afrobeta.

100%

This project got the green light!

Parkway of Broken Dreams

Las Vegas, Nevada Film Feature
Documentary

In the 1990s, Las Vegas counterculture boomed along one road: Maryland Parkway. But by the end of the decade, the whole scene vanished.

90%

This project got the green light!

RUNAROUND SUE

Natchitoches, Louisiana Film Feature
Drama, Music

RUNAROUND SUE is a small-town Southern bartender known for breaking hearts... until THE WANDERER comes to town.

103%

This project got the green light!

American Totem

Chico, California Film Feature
Documentary

The modern gun debate is a distraction from the issues that need to be addressed. American Totem refocuses the national conversation.

100%

This project got the green light!

Beyond the Shadows

Sedro-Woolley, Washington Film Feature
Horror, Comedy

A ghost hunter with his band of misfits explore the paranormal activity of massacred Native American spirits at the Chetco River Lodge.

83%

This project got the green light!

Inbetween Girl

Galveston, Texas Film Feature
Comedy, Teen

Angie's life becomes even more complicated when she begins an affair with a popular jock at her new private school.

115%

This project got the green light!

Sister/Brother

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Nora, a broke actress, and her younger brother Scotty drive from Portland to Seattle so she can attend a dinner hosted by her wealthy ex.

100%

This project got the green light!

Thunderbolt In Mine Eye

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Teen

Two young neighbors embark on a first love relationship in which they struggle to remain kids amid the complexities of modern adolescence.

101%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks, Alaska Film Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

Brown Town

McAllen, Texas Film Feature
Musical, Romantic Comedy

A loner beat boxer finds family in her college's South Asian acapella team.

80%

This project got the green light!

Duncan

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Crime, Satire

A young black journalist & an angry alt-right militiaman team up to uncover a child trafficking ring hidden in a pizzeria's basement.

86%

This project got the green light!

I Don't Live Today

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Experimental

On his last night in NYC, a struggling Black painter wanders the streets cutting off all ties he has to the morally hypocritical art world.

81%

This project got the green light!

Jacob's Brother

Lake Charles, Louisiana Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A comedian with bipolar disorder must learn to balance his ambitions with managing his condition or risk losing his family, career, & sanity

104%

This project got the green light!

BABYDOLL

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A failed musician and a stubborn teenager make a pact to drive across Texas to retrieve his stolen guitar and meet her long lost father.

104%

This project got the green light!

Oniphron

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A tale about a homeless immortal woman taken in by a Portlander.

85%

This project got the green light!

Ellipsis

New Orleans, Louisiana Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Each consumed with indecision, two women help each other find some sort of clarity in a brief chance meeting.

113%

This project got the green light!

Brown With Blue

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Romance

A handyman & his girlfriend struggle with substance abuse to cope with their problems.

102%

This project got the green light!

The Right Swipe

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

When two best friends start a business fixing men's dating app profiles, how much will they f**k up their own love lives in the process?

100%

This project got the green light!

Passion & Progress

Lakeland, Florida Series
Documentary

When people of color set out an ambitious goal to reach their highest potential, only to be faced with societal barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

The Vth Column

Los Angeles, California Series
Horror, Sci-Fi

Horror/Scifi series. Episode 1. A couple flees from a stranger, who refused to let them out of his car, after hitching a ride.

102%

This project got the green light!

CRAZY

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Frenemies in their 20s navigate life after college with mental illnesses that teach them they’re more alike than they realize.

100%

This project got the green light!

Uneasy The Show

Oakland, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Two brown girls take on student loans, MFA drama, & techie jargon in Oakland: home of the Black Panthers & now, $3000 one bedroom apartments

103%

This project got the green light!

Conversations Centered Around Black Bodies

Chicago, Illinois Series
Drama

An honest exploration of intersectionality and race relations in America.

101%

This project got the green light!

Black Girl Training

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Series
Comedy, Shorts Program

When a black transracial adoptee is meeting her biological family, there's only one way to prepare her; a black girl training.

106%

This project got the green light!

Blossom

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Transgender entertainer/activist Blossom C. Brown finds answers to her troubled past while aspiring a career in the entertainment industry.

80%

This project got the green light!

Pink

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama

As narcotics hit Washington DC hard in 1987, four young girls are forced to provide and protect as their parents lose to the drug game.

125%

This project got the green light!

STiGMA

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Drama

As Senator Ingram stares down an easy reelection, things become unstable when he is diagnosed with a mental illness.

113%

This project got the green light!

Greenwood Avenue: A Virtual Reality Experience

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama, History

Greenwood Avenue is a groundbreaking, emotional exploration into the lives of the African-Americans living in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921,during

116%

This project got the green light!

Viktory

Chicago, Illinois Series
Drama, Family

An orphaned girl struggles to find answers to the old adage, “what’s in a name”- is she one mother’s Viktory or another’s Victoria?

103%

This project got the green light!

I Friggin Love you

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Love can make you or break you.

91%

This project got the green light!

Season of the Witches

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Film Feature
Crime, Thriller

Three Americans "doing good" in post-hurricane Puerto Rico must decide what to do after killing a local playboy in a botched revenge scheme.

82%

This project got the green light!

Rent Controlled

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

The three Torres siblings are priced out of their hometown until an opportunity to achieve the unthinkable - rent control - presents itself.

103%

This project got the green light!

Hatched

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

After a recent personal loss, one woman's grief turns to obsession as she searches for clues about missing children in a national forest.

87%

This project got the green light!

Vice Versa — A sci-fi bodyswap comedy

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A body swap comedy for the #metoo generation.

82%

This project got the green light!

Blind Date

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Romantic Comedy, Action

Gloria's blind date with Nick takes an unexpected turn when he begins to suspect that their lives could be in danger.

102%

This project got the green light!

King of the Road

San Francisco, California Film Short
Documentary

When Rick's not driving tractor trailers, he's crooning as an Elvis tribute artist and leaving folks who meet him "all shook-up".

81%

This project got the green light!

WBCN and The American Revolution

Cambridge, Massachusetts Film Feature
Documentary

Help us complete the incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics and rock and roll changed everything.

80%

This project got the green light!

Someone Will Assist You Shortly

Hampton Bays, New York Film Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A gay hospice nurse climbs back into the closet to care for his abusive dad and the behaviorally challenging nephew he never knew he had.

81%

This project got the green light!

Ashley's Story

Watsonville, California Film Short
Documentary, Teen

Set in the strawberry farming community of Watsonville, CA, Ashley Solis–Mexican-American teenager, strawberry picker, and

80%

This project got the green light!

End of Summer

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Family, LGBTQ

En route to their daughter’s College Move-In Day, a family’s car ride takes an unexpected turn when the father is struck by a heart attack.

114%

This project got the green light!

Comedic Timing

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.

106%

This project got the green light!

We Are Gathered Here

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

On the eve of his wedding a declaration of love from an ex forces Ben to decide if gaining a steady future is worth losing an exciting past.

82%

This project got the green light!

Am I Out There?

Austin, Texas Film Short
Drama, Documentary

Before getting abducted by aliens for the last time, Josh makes a documentary to prove his story to the world...and say goodbye.

100%

This project got the green light!

THOSE PEOPLE: A Love Story

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Romance

Taylor and Mehran meet, and fall in love despite their cultural differences, but their bliss is threatened when family tensions escalate.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Openers

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

3 aspiring stand up comediennes are chronicled by an inexperienced film student as they try to pull off the biggest show of their lives.

100%

This project got the green light!

Charlotte

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

A drama about those moments of childhood that never leave us.

106%

This project got the green light!

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