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Sam Ellison

Sam Ellison

Documentary Film and Video
BA - Harvard College, Visual and Environmental Studies. 2008


Sam Ellison is a filmmaker whose documentary work focuses on the intercultural peripheries of US power. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, and a constant traveler. His recent films include Distribution (2017), which won the Atlanta Film Festival’s honorable mention for short documentary. Sam’s camera credits include work as 2nd Unit DP on Academy Award winner Manchester By The Sea. He received his BA from Harvard University in 2008 and his MFA from Stanford University’s Documentary Film Program in 2017.

Looking for Life

HD video
June, 2017
Video Duration: 26:40

Two friends drift from Haiti to Brazil to Tijuana. Now what?


hd video
June, 2016
Video Duration: 11:10 min.

An immersive look at the informal movie marketplaces of Managua, Nicaragua.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention for Documentary Short, Atlanta Film Festival, 2017
Glasgow Short Film Festival,  2017
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2017

Between Seasons

Co-directed by Puck Lo
hd video
March, 2016
Video Duration: 11:09 min.

In Salinas, California, former and current farm workers grapple with the legacy of decades of activism.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2017

Stay True to the Game

16mm black and white film
December, 2015
Video Duration: 5:41 min.

A search for meaning with the rapper* Kool AD.



June 17, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
June 9, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
March 15, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
December 8, 2015

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium


January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building