Biography: Stuart Samuels is an award-winning Canadian film director, television producer and writer in the documentary and music fields. His works explore the relationship of popular culture to the broader historical context of their times. He founded Stuart Samuels Productions in 2000, a Toronto film and television production company.
In 1993, Stuart produced and co-directed the award-winning Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, about the history of cinematography in motion pictures. The New York Film Critics Circle, The National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics named Visions the year’s best documentary while The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle awarded it four-star reviews. Visions of Light was the first High Definition (HDTV) feature to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival (1993), and was selected for the Edinburgh, London, Telluride, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Munich, Tokyo and Sundance Film Festivals. A survey of 40 major film critics named it “the most critically acclaimed film of 1993.”
In 1998, Stuart co-directed and co-wrote Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream. Based on the acclaimed book by Neal Gabler, Hollywoodism chronicles how Jewish immigrants founded and built Hollywood in the early twentieth century. The film garnered Stuart best director honours at Toronto’s Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and best documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
RasTa: A Soul’s Journey (2013).
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1993 – Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels);
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998 – Simcha Jacobovici, Stuart Samuels);
Cartier: Jewelers to the Kings (1999);
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005);
27: A Theatrical Documentary (2008);
RasTa: A Soul’s Journey (2011).