Sam Feder is a director and producer whose films explore the intersection of visibility and politics along the lines of race, class, and gender in trans lives. Central to Sam’s work is putting urgent activist issues into a historical context. Both The MacDowell Colony and Yadoo have supported Sam’s films as well as grants from The Jerome Foundation Grant, Frameline Completion Fund, Crossroads Foundation, Funding Exchange, Astraea Foundation for Social Justice, and Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Gender in the Arts and Media.
“Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger,” premiered at the British Film Institute was named one of the best LGBT documentaries of 2014 by the Advocate Magazine, winning six audience awards and screening in over 80 international film festivals.
Boy I Am, 2006, Sam’s first award winning feature, was named one of the best films on gender by Curve Magazine and won the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award.
Sam’s current film, Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen, is the untold history of transgender representation in film/tv and how that permeates popular culture and the ideologies behind them. It’s a feature documentary, a web based oral history project, an archive and book.
After several years of teaching media and film Sam now freelances as a producer, director, social media strategist, impact producer, and cinematographer. Sam is a volunteer organizer with California Coalition of Women Prisoners, Trans Life Line, NYC Trans Oral History Project, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and The Outfest Assistant Programming Committee.
One of the 10 Best LGBT Docs of 2014, THE ADVOCATE
The Power of Cinema, “Sam Feder made a life changer.” SIDE BY SIDE FILM FESTIVAL