Private Project

Sammy & Quinn

Sammy, the little brother, searches the streets of San Francisco to find Quinn, the older brother, to bring him home for Thanksgiving. Quinn, who suffers from mental health issues, has been missing for 5 years. He's been on an imaginary quest to find his sublime Dulcinea melody. Sammy decides to help his older brother find his Dulcinea with the hope his love and dedication can somehow heal him and bring him back to the family.

  • Christopher Coppola
  • Christopher Coppola
  • Nona Haydon
  • Christopher Coppola
  • Bailey Coppola
    Key Cast
  • Dexter Coppola
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Christopher Coppola

As President of Christopher R. Coppola Enterprises, Christopher Coppola has been a champion of and leader in digital media for over two decades. He has directed eleven features films and numerous television shows. He has developed and produced content for alternative distribution and interactive platforms. He premiered his “HD: American Portraits” on the Wal-Mart in-store network, which reached over 160 million people. Coppola was also known as the “Biker Chef” who traveled the country’s blue highways with his trusted comrade “Biker Cat” following a noble quest to celebrate the endless diversity of people, their cultures, and cuisine. Coppola’s company produced a reality show series
“The DigiVangelist” which features Coppola seeking out the latest innovations in creative technology, but making sure to keep the heart and soul of the human endeavor intact.

Coppola is deeply committed to education. Besides being associate professor of film at the San Francisco Art Institute, Coppola frequently lectures at other schools like CSU San Francisco, Chapman University, Columbia University Chicago, Los Angeles City College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of New Mexico Grants and Broadview School of Electronic Arts.
He’s also participated on many professional panels regarding Digital Filmmaking including HD Expo, NAB, SHOWWEST, American Film Market, DGA Digital Day, Cinequest,
New Media Expo and ICE in Canada.

However, Coppola’s dedication to digital education does not stop with students. In 2006 he created Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), a non-profit organization that brings digital empowerment to underserved communities and individuals worldwide. Designed to teach the “everyday person,” PAH seeks to educate people on using simple digital media equipment while encouraging them to express themselves artistically. Through its free, new media festivals, PAH brings technology, education and community engagement, while supporting artistic expression through a digital storytelling competition. To date, Coppola has held forty four, digital media festivals, called PAH-FESTs, across the U.S. and abroad.

A member of the prolific Coppola family, Christopher studied music composition at Redlands University, where he received the prestigious California Arts Council Award
for his opera “Plato’s Cave,” and for his clarinet quintet “Reverie.” He then went on to study film at the San Francisco Art Institute where he made several award winning student films before graduating in 1987.

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Director Statement

"Sammy & Quinn" is a pilot for a tv show I am creating that studies classic literature, illuminates their themes and symbols, and discovers their relevance today. The show ends with the premiering of a contemporary short film loosely based on the chosen classic novel. "Sammy & Quinn" was born out of Cervantes' "Don Quixote." I am currently doing the same thing with Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities." My film and music students also work with a small group of professionals in the making of these movies. Learn by doing.

Sammy & Quinn is a very personal film for me besides that I made it with my two sons. I am a mental health awareness activist. Those afflicted need more compassion and understanding, rather than stigma and judgement. We can learn from "Sammy & Quinn." There's a lot of truth in regard to mental health and unconditional love. More should be sensitive to that truth.