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Animal Sanctuary

When their farm is destroyed, Donald the Donkey and Barbara the Sheep go on a grand quest for a new home.

  • Samuel Ali
    Spring Breakdown
  • Samuel Ali
    Spring Breakdown
  • Ricardo LeDoux
  • Ben Stein
    Key Cast
    "Donald Donkey"
    Ferris Beuller's Day Off
  • Lorelei Linklater
    Key Cast
    "Barbara Sheep"
  • Flo Hernandez
    Key Cast
    "El Pollo Loco"
    Comedy Central
  • Wally Welch
    Key Cast
    "Blind Horse"
    Streets of Laredo, Magnificent Seven
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    Family, Climate, Animal, Adventure, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Samuel Ali

Samuel Ali Tabatabai was born in San Antonio, TX. He began absorbing film while working at Hollywood Video when he was 16 years old.. While in high school he created two comedic music video renditions and produced a documentary of a road trip to Montreal, Canada.

He began his higher education at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where he filmed and photographed the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization and wrote for the newspaper. The death of his mother caused him to transfer closer to home to Loyola University New Orleans, but he was displaced and relocated to Los Angeles, CA due to Hurricane Katrina. While attending Loyola Marymount University Samuel interned in the office for Capitol Films and Unity Film Productions in Los Angeles, CA and earned his Bachelors in Finance.

Samuel left school and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to work in event production and pursue his dream of producing his own films. That is where he discovered the underground short film contest Showdown in Chinatown and the 48 hour film project, where he began producing his own shorts, commercials, and music videos. He earn a degree from Loyola Marymount University and has flown by the seat of his pants ever since.

Since returning to Texas in 2015 from Hawaii, Samuel Ali founded Texas Made Films Youth Program, teaching all aspects of video production to the next generation of filmmakers as his philanthropy. He continues to create short films for festivals with the Children.

In 2018 Samuel Ali self produced and directed his first feature film, Spring Breakdown, an improv horror comedy.

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Director Statement

“It’s not about winning, it’s about making a great film.”