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Filmmaker Heidi Saman

Heidi Saman, a filmmaker and associate producer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross was a guest on Back of The Theater Podcast Thursday, March 23rd, 2017.

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch in 2014, she completed a master’s degree in Film and Media Arts on a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University. Her thesis film, The Maid (Il Shaghala), a short film she wrote and directed, premiered as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and went on to screen at festivals worldwide.

Namour, her first feature length film, was awarded the LA Muse Jury Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere. Namour was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, a Knight Foundation Grant, and the script was developed with the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Lab. Namour is streaming on Netflix.

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About Back of the Theater Podcast

Hosts: Hans Charles and Menelek Lumumba

The Back of The Theater is a Podcast dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking and lots of other stuff.

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About the Hosts

Hans Charles is a former professor of Cinematography at Howard University, and is a tenure track professor of Cinematography at George Mason University in Virginia. Hans’ latest feature work is Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-Nominated documentary “13th.”

He and his creative partner writer/director Menelek Lumumba are currently launching an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for their next film project, “1 Angry Black Man,” and are in pre-production for their first comedy, “The Reception.” Hans and Menelek host a weekly film podcast called the Back of the Theater Podcast. Mr. Charles resides in the District of Columbia with his family.

Menelek Lumumba was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in English and Film Studies. He studied Cinema at Howard University’s Master of Arts program. His screenplay “In My Skin” was named a finalist for the 2010 Colorado International Film Festival and the 3rd Annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject Film Competition.

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