Sam Nuttmann is an independent filmmaker living near Seattle, Washington. He is a writer, director, cinematographer, editor and music composer who has won several awards for his narrative and documentary films.
At the age of five, Sam began his passion for creating music, starting on an old upright piano in his hometown of Irvine, California. At age ten he began creating short films on a Fisher Price PX2000 camera, inventing unique ways of creating special effects and stunts for his simple productions. In 2001, Sam attended the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California and began learning how to compose music for films. He then attended the Marshall School of Business at USC, receiving his MBA in business and marketing in 2006. After spending an additional two years learning corporate marketing as a brand manager at Nestle and Mattel, Sam relocated to Seattle, Washington and started the multimedia production company Session 7 Media.
His passion for telling compelling stories through motion picture and sound have taken Sam to some far off places and offered him some unique experiences. In 2010, he visited Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates for his first time, working on several documentary film projects dealing with orphans, literacy and sustainable employment programs. He has also produced numerous documentary films about Seattle street musicians, as well as a feature documentary film about domestic violence. While documentary film projects have made up a large portion of Sam’s film work experience, he is equally passionate about narrative story telling. He has written and directed several short films and music videos with many more projects on the way.
Likes: filmmaking, writing, reading, playing music, horseback riding, whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, paragliding
Favorite movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; musician: Zoe Keating