Hi! My name is Samah, like "summer" with a Boston accent. I am a writer and filmmaker based in Atlanta, Georgia and I am currently a Senior at Emory University.
In 2019, my short film, Therapist Speed Dating, won a Jury Award, a Silver Tripod Award for Best Story, and was one of five films nominated for a Golden Tripod Award for Best Story during Campus Movie Fest, the largest student film festival in the world (over 2,000 films were made). It is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. In 2019 I also received an Honorable Mention for my script New Kids at the Mosque in the Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize in Screenwriting Contest at Emory University, which included a small scholarship. In 2018 I was nominated for and received the Emory University Eady Sophomore Service Award, awarded to only one Sophomore student each year, in large part due to my work in film, theatre, and the arts. As a graduating student at Emory, I was recently awarded the Marion Luther Brittain Award. "Considered the highest honor presented to a student by Emory University... the Marion Luther Brittain Award is presented each year to two graduating students (one undergraduate and one graduate) from any academic division of the University who are considered to have performed the most 'significant, meritorious, and devoted service to Emory University.'" I will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English & Creative Writing and Media Studies in May 2020.
In addition to my studies, I also work as a Freelance Video Editor at Ideas United, a creative agency in Atlanta. I hope to one day write for comedic television with a focus on the representation of South Asian and Muslim communities in Western television. I have previously held positions at the Alliance Theatre as a Literary Intern, the Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission as a Videography Intern, and the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project (a non-profit school for disadvantaged students in rural India) as the Onsite Media Volunteer and a Freelance Video Editor.
Right now, I am working on the continuation of my senior honors thesis, a production of an original pilot script about young Muslim women living in the US South titled Bad Muslims. The film was recently awarded $3,000 in grants through the Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts and the Emory Goldwasser Fund, the largest monetary amount awarded to a student film ever at Emory. We crowdfunded the rest of the film - you can donate to the post-production process here. The completed film was awarded Highest Honors, and will be submitted to film festivals starting this upcoming Fall. Stay up to date on the project by clicking here. After graduation, I am excited to continue working on the story and more as I pursue an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage at Northwestern University's School of Communication.
In my free time, I love making goofy stop motion videos, thrifting cool jackets, eating ice cream (Jeni's Savannah Butter Mint, specifically), reading in hammocks, and biking downhill.