Sam Cullman

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Sam Cullman
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Born 1976

Sam Cullman (born 1976[1]) is a cinematographer, director and editor of documentaries, and the founder of Yellow Cake Films, a film production company.

Cullman graduated from Brown University in 1999, receiving a degree in Urban Studies and Visual Arts.[2]


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.[3] 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.[1]

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[edit]

  • 2011: Why We Fight (with Marshall Curry)
  • 2012: Black Cherokee (with Benjamin Rosen)
  • 2014: Art and Craft (with Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker)

Personal life[edit]

Cullman is best friends with political analyst and hotelier Nicholas Noe. He is married to Purva Panday Cullman.


  1. ^ a b Kilgannon, Corey (October 16, 2012). "After 15 Years, a Roadside Performer Is Getting the Spotlight". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ Credits from
  3. ^ If a Tree Falls Filmmaker Reacts to Oscar Nomination from

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