We make film because we love the cinematic arts. Whether or not it ever leads to commercial success, we will never stop.
Roger began his entertainment industry journey later than most. He woke up on his 30th birthday and realized he wanted more out of life than the 9-5 work existence. So he began to study acting. In late 2002 his acting instructor, Clarence Gilyard (Top Gun, Die Hard, Matlock TV series) encouraged him to move to Los Angeles from Texas to pursue a career. So, a year later, he moved to Los Angeles with his wife. He enjoyed immediate success in Spike TV promo ads for CSI reruns as well as The Bernie Mac Show and several print ads including Mens Fitness Magazine.
After a couple of years, as acting opportunities proved more challenging, Roger began studying screenwriting and producing to diversify his talents and learned volumes through the teachings of Robert McKee. He applied those to screenplays, primarily in the horror/thriller genres.
After 10 years, Roger and his wife moved back to Texas to start a different path. Making film in Texas was more financially feasible. During this next stage in his life, his wife battled cancer three times, ultimately succumbing to the disease in 2019.
Roger then took some time off from working on film and connected with Wendy Crouse, a great friend he'd had for many years in film, who understood Roger's situation better than anyone. Roger fell in love with her and they were married in December 2020. Roger dissolved his own film company, Force of Nature Films, to work with his amazing wife Wendy on a new venture called Wenger Media (the first three letters of each of their names) and their first film together, Gilbert, was completed in June, 2022. Roger and Wendy play all of the acting roles in the film.
They work amazingly well together and they have an entire slate of original projects in the pipeline to work on. Roger and his wife moved to Los Angeles in summer 2022 to pursue film full time.
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    Lycanthrope
    Screenplay, Short Script
    The Ritual
    Screenplay
    Gilbert2022
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Gilbert2022
    Short
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Gilbert2022
    Short
Official Selection
Gilbert
Golden Wheat Awards
Istanbul
2022
Official Selection
Gilbert
Toronto Tamil (I) Film Festival
Toronto
2022
Finalist
Gilbert
Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival
Bengal
2022
Official Selection
Gilbert
Sweet Democracy Film Awards
Cannes
2022
Semi-Finalist
Gilbert
Maple Summit Film Festival
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short
Gilbert
Andromeda Film Festival
Istanbul
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short, Best Director, Best Actor (Roger Sampson as Gilbert), Best Acting Duo (Roger Sampson as Gilbert, Wendy Crouse as Dr. Ima Wachovia)
Gilbert
World Cinema Awards
Chicago, IL
2022
Honorable Mention
Gilbert
Indie Motion
Paris
2022
Winner: Silver Award - Comedy
Gilbert
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, California
2022
Finalist
Gilbert
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, California
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short
Gilbert
Redwood Shorts & Scripts
Sunnyvale, California
2022
Winner: Best Fictional Short
Gilbert
Red Dragon Creative Awards
Dallas, Texas
2022
Winner: Best Comedy / Best Actor (Roger Sampson as Gilbert)
Gilbert
Artist Choice Awards
Chicago, IL
2022
Official Selection
Gilbert
Anatolia Film Festival
Istanbul
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short
Gilbert
Silver Mask Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short / Best Director Short/ Best Actor (Roger Sampson as Gilbert)
Gilbert
Chicago Cinema Awards
Chicago, IL
2022
Official Selection
Gilbert
Cooper Awards
Online
2022
Winner: 2nd Place Best Comedy Short
Gilbert
Hollywood's Monthly Film Festival
Hollywood, California
2022
Winner: Bronze Award Best Short Film
Gilbert
Mindfield Film Festival
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2022
Winner: Best Comedic Short Film
Gilbert
Pure Magic International Film Festival
Amsterdam
2022
Winner: Best Actor Short Film (US) - Roger Sampson as Gilbert.
Gilbert
Crown Point International Film Festival
Chicago, IL
2022
Winner: Special Jury Award - Best Comedy Short
Gilbert
Europe Film Festival
London
2022
Winner: Best Set Design
Gilbert
Bridge Fest Film Festival
Vancouver
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short
Gilbert
Rameshwaram International Film Festival
Ramanathapiram, Tamil Nadu
2022
Official Selection
Gilbert
Marina Del Rey Film Festival
Marina Del Rey, California
2022
Finalist
Gilbert
1st Monthly Film Festival (Season 2)
Belgrade
2022
Finalist
Gilbert
Golden Wings International Film Awards
London
2022
Winner: Best Comedy Short (US)
Gilbert
The 52 Weeks Film Festival (Season 1)
Thousand Oaks, California
2022
Official Selection
Gilbert
Symbiotic Film Festival
Kiev
2022
Honorable Mention
Gilbert
Gold Star Movie Awards
Newark, New Jersey
2022
Best Feature Script Nominee
The Ritual
Independent Horror Movie Awards
Online
2020
Official Selection
The Ritual
Big Weasel Lil Weasel Presents Boston Collective Film Festival
Boston, MA
2020
Official Selection
The Ritual
Las Vegas International Film and Screenplay Competition
Las Vegas, NV
2019
Official Selection
The Ritual
Indie Suspense Horror SciFi Film Festival
Online
2019
Finalist
The Ritual
The Oaks International Film Festival
Online
2019
Official Selection
The Ritual
Silver Screen Filmfest
Online
2017
Official Selection
The Ritual
Madhouse Movies Film Awards
Online
2017
Finalist
The Ritual
Hope Film Awards
Online
2017
Official Selection
The Ritual
Red Corner
Germany
2017
Official Selection
The Ritual
New Orleans Horror Film Festival
New Orleans, LA
2017
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Upstate New York Horror Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Lake Charles Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
The Macro Project Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Underground Indie Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Bare Bones Film and Music Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Bloodstained Indie Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Boobs and Blood Film Festival
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Horror Films in Hotlanta
Official Selection
Lycanthrope
Shutter Speed Film Festival
Short Screenplay Semifinalist
Lycanthrope
Creeper Film Fest
Best Short Screenplay
Lycanthrope
Genre Celebration Festival
Best Short Script Nominee
Lycanthrope
Top Indie Film Awards
Best Unproduced Screenplay
Lycanthrope
Lost Sanity Film Festival
Best Script Nominee
Lycanthrope
Independent Talents International Film Festival
2nd Place
Lycanthrope
Indie Suspense Horror SciFi Film Festival
Finalist
Lycanthrope
Horror in the Hills
Best Short Script
Lycanthrope
Independent Horror Movie Awards
Birth Date
October 13, 1968
Birth City
Wichita, KS
Current City
Los Angeles, CA
Hometown
Los Angeles, CA
Height
5'10"
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Green
Zodiac Sign
Libra
Married To
Wendy Crouse
We make film because we love the cinematic arts. Whether or not it ever leads to commercial success, we will never stop.
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