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Samantha Davidson Green is a 4th-year Directing student at UCLA's Graduate School of Film, TV & Digital Media. A native of New Hampshire, Davidson Green graduated from Stanford University in 1992 where she studied English and the Humanities. She discovered her passion to make films while reaching high school students in rural Mississippi, where she put the video camera to work in the classroom. Before returning to graduate school, she worked in the Educational Programs department at San Francisco's PBS station where she initiated a Media Literacy program for students in the Bay Area. In 2000, she began her study of filmmaking at UCLA.

In her films Davidson Green explores characters at crossroads in their lives, often employing comedy to wrestle with darker aspects of human existence. In her first film Couch Encounte/Encuentro con el Sillón, three characters meet a cultural crossroads. In her thesis film Dead End Job, an obituary writer with a peculiar gift for prediction confronts her own mortality; at this internal crossroads, she discovers her ability to transform her life. Davidson Green strives to tell stories that reveal our souls’ efforts to find meaning in every day existence.

At UCLA, Davidson Green has directed, written and produced 4 films: Couch Encounter/Encuentro con el Sillón (comedy, I6mm, 10 mins), Suave Date (narrative, 16nim, 4mins), Running for Life (documentary, DV. 30mins), and Dead End Job (narrative, 35mm/21 mins). Other credits include The Shabbos Goy (Producer/AD l6mm/3Omins); Cartographica (DP, I6mm/10 mins); The Vessel Pitches (Producer- 35mm/21 mins) and Magnetic Poles (Co-producer- 35mm/22mins).

She has received the Mary Pickford Award, the MacGowan Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Lvnn Weston Award, and the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation for her filmmaking at UCLA. Couch Encounter/Encuentro con el Sillón has screened at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LA., CA), International Film Festival of the Americas (Austin. TX), AFL-CIO-sponsored DC Labor Film Festival (Washington, DC), The International Working Class Film & Video Festival (San Francisco, CA), Crested Butte Reel Film Fest - Independent Spirit Award Winner (Crested Butte, CO), Antimatter/Rogue Arts Film Festival (Victoria, BC Canada), Woods Hole Film Festival (MA), Latino Film Festival, Bav Area - Nominated for Best Student Short (San Francisco, CA), Borderland Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) and UCLA Film Festival - Nominated for Most Original Film (LA, CA).

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