Private Project


JOUST tells the story of a young man suffering from addiction who goes on a bender and leaves a messy trail in his wake.

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    21 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    4K Digital on Black Magic Ursa
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Director Biography

Sam is an actor, filmmaker, and musician from Taos, New Mexico. He studied musical theatre at a performing arts high school in San Antonio, Texas and continued his education at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. After receiving a BFA in acting, he moved to Chicago, where he performed in numerous theatrical productions, and wrote and produced two original rock musicals.
Sam’s film career started in New Mexico when he was cast in the western drama, Jane Got A Gun.
He also performs comedy and fronts two indie rock bands.

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Director Statement

The story tackles themes of man's search for an escape and the ruthless power of addiction.
I have struggled with addiction myself and have witnessed it's destructive nature take a toll on family and friends. I have lost friends to drugs and seen relationships torn apart. Addiction is still very much stigmatized by our society, causing shame and guilt to many people associated with it. I hope my short film can serve as a reminder to look at addiction not as a weakness in a person's moral fiber but instead as a mental illness and often a cry for help.