Sam Kuhn

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Sam Kuhn
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Notable workMöbius, Finding Truelove, In Search of the Miraculous

Sam Kuhn (born February 7, 1989) is an American director, screenwriter and photographer. He has directed multiple short films, as well as several acclaimed music videos for bands such as Norah Jones.,[1][2] Here We Go Magic[3] and Okay Kaya.[4]


Kuhn graduated from Willamette University[5] in 2012 where he studied Humanities and creative writing.


Kuhn's directorial debut was the 2012 feature documentary Finding Truelove, which screened at the 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.[6] Programmer Angie Driscoll[7] referred to the film as "The documentary equivalent of a John Hughes movie, Finding Truelove is an exuberant comedy that pays homage to all things '80s [...] with pure energy and heart."

His follow up In Search of the Miraculous premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival,[8] played Festival du Nouveau Cinema,[9] Maryland Film Festival,[10] and was featured online by Filmmaker Magazine.[11]

In January 2016 the Northwest Film Center honored Kuhn and his collaborators' past work with a collective screening of all films to date.[12]

Kuhn's most recent short Möbius was the only American film to premiere in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as part of International Critics' Week.[13][14] It was described by staff writer Thomas Fouet as "a mastered teen-movie.".[15] Indiewire compared the film to the work of David Lynch, in that it "blends sweeping shots of the Northwestern terrain with the creeping sense that not all is what it seems".[16] Vice Magazine billed Möbius as a "Gothic Teen Romance... Sparkling with death and magic."[17] During the film's premiere, Kuhn published a diary of the experience for Filmmaker Magazine tracking a strange encounter he had with an Obsidian stone gifted outside Lynch's suite.[18] It was consequentially acquired by the Criterion Collection[19] and honored as part of the MoMA's New Directors/New Films Festival[20]


Year Title Format
2012 Finding Truelove Documentary Feature
2015 In Search of the Miraculous Short Film
2015 MIT Bricks[21] Short Documentary
2016 Z Documentary Short
2017 Möbius Short Film
(unknown) Untitled Feature Film

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2013 It Doesn't Matter Aerial East
2015 I'm Stupid But I Love You Okay Kaya
2015 Falling Here We Go Magic
2015 Be Small Here We Go Magic
2016 Maryanne Was Quiet Luke Temple
2017 Flipside Norah Jones


  1. ^ Ryan Reed (2017). "Norah Jones Flipside by Sam Kuhn". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Pranav Trewn (2017). "Norah Jones Flipside by Sam Kuhn". Stereo Gum. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Caitlin White (2015). "Here We Go Magic "Falling" by Sam Kuhn". Stereo Gum. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Constant Gardner (October 30, 2015). "Okay Kaya I'm Stupid But I love You by Sam Kuhn". Pigeons And Planes. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sam Kuhn Willamette Grad". Willamette University. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Tim Rideout (April 29, 2012). "Finding Truelove Sam Kuhn USA". The Mind Reels. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Angie Driscoll (2012). "Finding Truelove Synopsis". IMDB. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "In Search of the Miraculous". Festival du Nouveau Cinema. 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Letter Boxd Maryland Film Festival Lineup". Letterboxd. 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Watch for 24 Hours: In Search of the Miraculous and Friendship from the Eastern Oregon Film Festival". Filmmaker Magazine. 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "NW Film Evening with Lion Attack Motion Pictures". NW Film Center. 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Peter Howell (2017). "Canadian Short Films Added to Cannes Festival Lineup". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Sam Kuhn (2017). "Semaine de la Critique Möbius". Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Thomas Fouet (2017). "Semaine de la Critique About Möbius". Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Kate Erbland (2017). "'Möbius': First Look at Cannes Critics' Week Only American Short Film Is Positively Lynchian". Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  17. ^ ELYSSA GOODMAN (2017). "Gothic Teen Romance "Möbius" Sparkles With Death and Magic". Creators Project Vice. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  18. ^ Sam Kuhn (2017). "The Curse (?) of Black Rock: Director Sam Kuhn's Cannes Diary". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  19. ^ Criterion (2018). "Tuesday's Short + Feature: Möbius and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me". Criterion Collection. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Jordan Raup (2018). "Complete Lineup Announced for 47th New Directors/New Films". Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Diaz, Ann-Christine. "Editor's Picks". Creativity Online. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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