Samuel D. Pollard

Filmmaker

Samuel D. Pollard, Filmmaker

Classes taught:
Thesis: Directing

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years. He served as Producer and Supervising Editor on the Spike Lee directed HBO documentary If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, a five year follow-up to the Emmy and Peabody award-winning, When The Levees Broke. He also edited By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, also for HBO, which won him an Emmy for editing. Sam was recently producer/director for Slavery By Another Name, a 90-minute documentary for PBS that was in competition at the Sundance Festival, and edited the feature length documentary Venus and Serena in 2012. His film Two Trains Runnin' premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2016 and received a nationwide theatrical release.

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IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects
July 26, 2019

IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects

One of our best jobs here at SVA's MFA in Social Documentary Program is advising our graduate students on their film ideas, helping them make their concepts strong. The idea stage can be invigorating, but successful films happen with thoughtful planning. We surveyed our esteemed faculty for suggestions on what filmmakers should consider as they embark on a new project. Read More
Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni
May 29, 2019

Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni

A great many SocDoc alumni films are recently streaming into the comfort of your home these days - so we compiled a list to make a TV party easy for you! Check out the work our alumni are making, and tell a friend. Read More
Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More