We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Felman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I tend to overthink things, but on the rare occasion I make a risky decision, it generally comes out pretty well.

Case and point: My wife and I had an attempted home invasion at the beginning of this year. I was standing in our kitchen when the door knob to our garage started to rattle. I quickly opened the door to find three men staring at me, and almost instinctively I roared at them (yes, with my voice), and then charged them off our property. Later, when the police and I reviewed the security footage, we discovered the three men were carrying knives.

Looking back, I don’t know if my actions were risky or stupid. Nobody got hurt, but there were plenty of safer ways I could have handled the situation. Choosing which risks to take is about mitigating your danger, so in this situation I can’t help but wonder if I would have decided differently if I bothered to look at my assailant’s hands.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a filmmaker, I like telling stories about the beauty of human relationships. In that way, much of my original work is inspired by my personal relationships, exploring the events of love, loss, and personal growth. I’ve learned a lot and grown since I started directing twenty years ago, which has given me the critical eye that people who know my work expect to see. My most recent film, “Choice” has garnished several awards including Best Writing (Sam Felman), Best Lead Actress (Jennifer Robyn Jacobs), and Best Acting (Jennifer Robyn Jacobs and Kevin Reeverts), as well as 12 additional accolades for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor, Best Dramatic Short, and Best Short Film. I am proud to showcase this film as part of my portfolio, and I am looking forward to my next project. Stay tuned!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If you have a friend visiting town, what are some spots you could take them to?
One of my favorite burger restaurants is Burgerama Gourmet Burgers in Valley Village. They are a hole in the wall, independent, small business that isn’t afraid to pile on the toppings. Let’s put it this way, there is a reason they have a sink in their seating area. If I had a friend visiting from out of town, I would show them the awesome scenery LA has to offer. I might take them to Big Bear, Zuma Beach, Palm Desert or Lancaster (which is where we shot the desert scenes in “Choice”). My wife and I love walking around Descanso Gardens, Huntington Gardens, and the LA Arboretum, because of their stunning atmosphere, you would have no idea you were still in the middle of LA.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my wife, Arielle Tinero-Felman, because of her endless encouragement, creativity and patience. I would not be the person I am today without her, and I could not be more lucky to have her in my life. I love you, babe!

Website: www.SamFelman.com

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Image Credits
Lauren Angel-Field and Tyler Coll

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