Sam Cullman (born 1976) is a cinematographer, director and editor of documentaries, and the founder of Yellow Cake Films, a film production company.
Cullman was one of the camera operators on Why We Fight, which won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize for documentaries in 2005. He was a cinematographer on the 2007 documentary King Corn. Cullman was a producer and director of photography on The House I Live In, which was the Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance 2012 and was the recipient of the "React to Film" Award at Silverdocs. He was also a cinematographer on Watchers of the Sky (2014).
On January 24, 2012, Cullman and Marshall Curry were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. At the 84th Academy Awards, their film lost to Undefeated. In 2012, Cullman and Benjamin Rosen made Black Cherokee, a short subject, premiering in November 2012 as part of DOC NYC, a documentary film festival.
Cullman is a director, producer and the cinematographer of Art and Craft (2014), with director and producer Jennifer Grausman and co-Director Mark Becker. On December 2, 2014, Art and Craft was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
As a director
- 2011: Why We Fight (with Marshall Curry)
- 2012: Black Cherokee (with Benjamin Rosen)
- 2014: Art and Craft (with Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker)
Cullman is best friends with political analyst and hotelier Nicholas Noe. He is married to Purva Panday Cullman.
- Kilgannon, Corey (October 16, 2012). "After 15 Years, a Roadside Performer Is Getting the Spotlight". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Credits from YellowCakeFilms.com
- If a Tree Falls Filmmaker Reacts to Oscar Nomination from beyondthebox.org
- Yellow Cake Films, Cullman's production company
- Sam Cullman on IMDb
- If a Tree Falls: A video interview with Sam Cullman for POV at PBS
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