Directed by Sam Lee
Produced by Nancy Roth, Michelle Schiefen, Brooke Stevens & Sam Lee
Cinematography by Sam Lee & Brooke Stevens
Edited by Sam Lee & Ana Veselic
Sam Lee has been working in film for fifteen years. Originally from Wales, she moved to New York to take a teaching position at the Storefront Academy in Harlem in 1992. After five years she left to become a television editor. She has since edited and produced numerous projects for NBC News, CBS News, The Learning Channel, Bravo, VH1 and a variety of shows for MTV.
In 2000, Sam began working on feature documentary films. Her projects include Trading Women, a film narrated by Angelina Jolie, which focuses on sex trafficking of minority women in South East Asia and was released on PBS.
She co-directed and edited Pleasure and Pain, a 90-minute film on the musician Ben Harper that was released on DVD and distributed by 7th Art Releasing nationwide.
She field-produced and edited 270 Miles from Graceland a two-hour concert film on the Bonnarroo Music Festival in Tennessee.
In 2006, she directed and produced her first feature documentary, The Perfect Life, which premiered at the Slamdance film festival.
In 2008, she traveled for a year in South East Asia and it was a chance encounter with two clowns on a roof in Kolkotta, which lead to her current documentary project, Send in the Clowns.
From 2009 to 2013, she worked on a variety of television shows including “16 and Pregnant”, “My Life as Liz”, “College Life” “The World of Jenks” and two seasons with Mo Rocca on his Emmy nominated show “My Grandmother’s Ravioli.”
In early 2014, she edited a new film by David Feingold called “Life and Death at Preah Vihear”. It focuses on an 11th century temple on the Thai-Cambodian border that is causing a 21st century war because of a badly drawn French map in the 20th century.
In 2014, she edited and produced Andrew Jenks’ latest documentary about the wrongful conviction of Ryan Ferguson.
In addition to directing Sam has written television and film scripts with writing partner and Send in the Clowns producer, Michelle Schiefen and is currently pitching a number of TV shows.
Nancy Roth has been working in documentary film production since 1999. Most notably, she produced Ian Olds’ Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, which premiered on HBO and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010. Nancy has produced several other documentaries, among them, Sam Lee’s The Perfect Life, which premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and has been distributed on Television & DVD and Occupation: Dreamland (directed by Garrett Scott & Ian Olds), which was released theatrically, won the 2006 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award and aired on the Sundance Channel. Nancy also works on documentary and unscripted television shows for Vh1, TLC, History, OWN and A&E..
Brooke Stevens has made her mark at ABC, A&E, Discovery Channel, WE, Style and E!. At MTV she produced multiple shows, including back-to-back episodes of “MADE” which won an Emmy in 2006. She worked two seasons as a producer on “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” which won a WIN award in 2007. Most recently she has worked on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.” and a daytime talk show pilot for Sony Pictures. Along with the documentary “Send in the Clowns” Brooke is working on a mini-series about WASPs, the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII. In addition, she is developing several television series.
Michelle Schiefen has worked in film and television for nearly fifteen years, including producing shows for ABC, Food Network, VH1 and the MTV docu-series “World of Jenks” which won a 2011 Banff World Media Award. In addition to producing, Michelle has written multiple television and film scripts with writing partner and “Send in the Clowns” director, Sam Lee.