Documentary films. Independent films. Broadcast television. 

Best known for his work directing and producing special features for the first three Harry Potter DVDs and the Van Helsing DVD, Samstags' work on Van Helsing was featured in an article by American Cinematographer Magazine and his documentary WAR & TRUTH was featured in The American Prospect.

His documentary feature film, WAR & TRUTH, won Best Documentary at the Annapolis Film Festival in November 2005 and the Director's Choice Award at the Secret City Film Festival in 2007. In 2005, he directed 30 shows for the Telly Award winning Backyard Habitat series for Discovery Network ‘s Animal Planet Channel. Samstags' documentary, TALES IN FLIGHT is currently available on DVD and On Demand. His latest documentary, A Southern Fix, is expected to be released in the Fall of 2015.

A 1989 graduate of Hampshire College, Samstag has worked with blockbuster budgets but also prides himself with making the most of smaller budgets for non-profit organizations.

National clients include:

Warner Bros.
Universal Pictures
Columbia Records
Discovery Networks
Fox Sports
The Academy of Science & Television
Animal Planet
Fine Living
Inside Edition
The United States ARMY
New Line Pictures
Castle Rock Entertainment
The Red Baron Museum
New Wave Entertainment
EA Sports
Mercury Marine
Jewelry Television
RARE Hospitality
Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
Regional/Local clients include:

ASEN Marketing
Atmosphere Pictures
RIVR Media
Jupiter Entertainment
FMB Advertising
A Hand Up for Women
Anything is Possible
Hallerin Hilton Hill
Metro Pulse
Knoxville Films
DASH Networks
Knowledge Launch
Streamline Pictures
Event Media Systems
The Jaystorm Project
HP Video


Metro Pulse: Making of War & Truth

The American Prospect: Supressing the Truths of War

American Cinematographer: Immersed in Van Helsing's World

Fighting to Get the Real Story Out

Local moviemaker journeys to the heart of East Tennessee film scene

Creative Loafing: War & Truth

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