Continuing Lecturer / Documentary Filmmaker
Class of 2007
Samantha Grant is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist & educator who specializes in thought-provoking, character-driven stories rooted in journalism. Through her company GUSH productions, Sam creates content for clients including ABC, PBS, CNN, MTV, NPR, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, and Al Jazeera International. A third generation journalist, Sam’s approach to storytelling is influenced by both her undergraduate degree in American Studies/Literature from Yale University and her Journalism Masters from the UC Berkeley GSJ. In 2013, Sam directed and produced the critically acclaimed feature PBS documentary A FRAGILE TRUST: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times, about the infamous Jayson Blair / New York Times Plagiarism scandal, and built the free, fun and fast-paced online journalism ethics game DECISIONS ON DEADLINE. Sam’s second feature documentary, GIRLS IN THE FOREST, which she both directed and shot entirely in Spanish, tells the story of a radical girls high school in the last remote forest in Paraguay. GIRLS IN THE FOREST toured the international festival circuit where it won several awards, and then premiered nationally on PBS in July, 2016. Currently, Sam is Producer of the upcoming PBS feature documentary SURVIVORS (Dir. Banker White) about the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. In addition to shooting, producing, and editing independent documentaries, Sam is a continuing lecturer teaching Visual Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism since 2007, and is also an active and involved mother to 3 energetic, curious, and hilarious children.
Documentary, Video Journalism