Sam Fleischner

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Fleischner in 2013 at the Deauville American Film Festival.

Sam Fleischner is an American filmmaker based in New York.[1] Fleischner is the son of the artist Richard Fleischner.


Fleischner graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006[2] with a degree in film studies. Starting with short films in 2005, he co-produced the 2009 film The Distance Between the Apple and the Tree.

His first narrative feature, Wah Do Dem, which he wrote and directed with childhood friend Ben Chace, won the jury prize for best film at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.[3][4]

He was cinematographer on the 2011 film Loosies. His next feature as director, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, was funded by Kickstarter, reaching its US$35,000 target in August 2012,[5] and won the Special Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Section at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.[6] In August 2013 the North American rights to the film were acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories.[6]

He has directed music videos for MGMT, Panda Bear, and Santigold, among others.[7]


  1. ^ Company website Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ Open letter to Sam Fleischner ’06, Wesleyan Argus. By Martin Benjamin. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ BEN CHACE AND SAM FLEISCHNER, “WAH DO DEM”, Film Maker Magazine. By Brandon Harris. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  4. ^ Brooklyn Artists Shine at BAMcinemaFEST, NYT. By Liza Eckert. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors", Kickstarter. Retrieved August 11, 2013
  6. ^ a b "Oscilloscope Acquires Sam Fleischner’s ‘Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors’",, August 7, 2013
  7. ^ SANTIGOLD: "Disparate Youth", A Fist Full of Culture. By Dominic Pink. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.

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