Sam Vinal grew up south of Boston on occupied Wampanoag Land. He currently directs documentaries and produces fictional films. These bold works are housed in the Los Angeles based production company he founded called Mutual Aid Media, an independent entity for creativity and speaking truth to power through film. Sam’s filmmaking career has taken him to Honduras, Canada and Zambia among other places -- always traveling and telling stories through a socio-political lens. Sam uses film as a means to combine his passion for the beautiful struggle of social change and the power of art. Sam’s films have played at the Sundance Film Festival, The Lumière Film Festival, The Galway Film Fleadh, and the Chicago International Film Festival among others.
Sam’s works include L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP (2019), WAR PAINT (2018), OMI & OPA (2017), BERTA DIDN’T DIE (2016), CALIGINOSITY (2016), GOOD KIDD (2016), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (2016), FEARLESS (2014)
  • Director (6 Credits)
    Invasion: The Unist'ot'en's Fight for Sovereignty2020
    Documentary, Short
    LA LUCHA SIGUE (The Struggle Continues)2020
    Documentary, Feature
    L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP2019
    Documentary, Short
    YINT'AH2019
    Documentary
    Berta Didn't Die2017
    Documentary, Short
    omi & opa; an ode to grandparents2017
    Documentary
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    Invasion: The Unist'ot'en's Fight for Sovereignty2020
    Documentary, Short
    YINT'AH2019
    Documentary
    CHICKENS2018
    Short
    Six Degrees of Separation2016
    Documentary, Short
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    Berta Didn't Die2017
    Documentary, Short
Official Selection
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
District of Columbia
2019
Offical Selection
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP
Public Health Film Festival
New Orleans
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” -Cynthia Occelli
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