Hi! My name is Samah, like "summer" with a Boston accent. I am a writer and filmmaker originally from Longwood, FL 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 will stream on Amazon Prime Video starting November of 2019. 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 Award, awarded to only one Sophomore student each school year, in large part due to my work in film, theatre, and the arts.
In addition to completing my final year at Emory as a double major in English & Creative Writing and Media 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 a Media Volunteer and Freelance Video Editor.
Right now, I am working on my senior honors thesis, a production of an original pilot script about young Muslim women living in the US South titled Bad Muslims. Stay up to date on my thesis project by clicking here. After graduation, I am excited to continue my work at IU, work on personal projects like Bad Muslims, and apply to MFA Programs in Screenwriting.
In my free time, I love making goofy stop motion videos, buying cool lamps, eating ice cream (Jeni's Savannah Butter Mint, specifically), reading in hammocks, and biking downhill.