Samantha Farinella is a New York City veteran, now Honolulu based filmmaker and founder of One Angry Woman Productions.
Farinella's latest feature length project, Hunting in Wartime, premiered nationally on PBS and won the Big Sky Award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in Documentary and the Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award at the Inwood Film Festival in NYC. It has screened in over thirty venues including the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, The National Archives, the Cambodian International Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival and the Hanoi Cinematheque.
Her first feature documentary, Left Lane, won eight awards including honors in New Zealand, Paris and New York. It received official selection in over fifty national and international festivals including: San Francisco's Frameline, Out in Africa (South Africa's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival), Galway Film Fleadh, Barcelona's Kosmopolis and opening night at Boston's LGBT Film Festival.
She also has extensive television production and advertising experience with media companies including Viacom, The History Channel, Animal Planet, PBS and Hogarth Worldwide. Farinella's most recent positions are as an adjunct professor and/or guest lecturer in media and film production/studies.
Samantha received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College.
Films by Samantha Farinella
Hunting in Wartime profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War. The veterans talk about surviving trauma, relating to Vietnamese civilians, readjusting to civilian life, and serving a government that systematically oppresses native people. Their stories give an important human face to the combat soldier and show the lasting affects of war on individuals, families and communities.