Executive Film Producer
Independent feature film producer Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations, and nearly two decades of independent film development, production and financing experience.
Sama has Executive Produced and/or produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) successful independent feature films including most notably, “Guns, Girls and Gambling” starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and Dane Cook which is now a cult favorite; this film was released into theatres and acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures.
Other films Sama has produced include; “Black Limousine” starring David Arquette and Vivica Fox, “Tooth and Nail” starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, and "Paid" starring Corbin Bernsen and Tom Conti. Sama also serves as Executive Producer on the film festival darling “Petunia” starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.
His shingle “Samaco Films, LLC”, headquartered on the lot at the prestigious, privately owned and operated, independent film studio, Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles, is currently financing and producing a slate of several independent feature films, including, “Vodun”, “Alexis Colette” and recently wrapped production on the $1M thriller, “The Inheritance”.
In addition, Sama is also a highly sought after public guest speaker having launched his hugely popular film financing and distribution forum program “Finance Indie Road Map”, otherwise known as “The F.I.R.M.” which is designed specifically to educate and assist first and second time filmmakers in their quest to develop, fund, produce and release their first feature film(s).
In his constant effort to seek out and educate and assist new filmmakers, Sama travels throughout the United States and Internationally educating emerging filmmakers on the business of film funding has consulted with Parliament in Trinidad and Tobago regarding the creation and implementation of film and media tax incentives and has been a distinguished keynote speaker and guest panelist at both the 2018 and 2019 V.I.P. Film Summit(s) held in Washington D.C.
Sama also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization New Filmmakers, L.A.
2020: Producer: THE INHERITANCE - Filming/Post Production
2020: Executive Producer: ALEXIS COLETTE - In Development - London
2020: Executive Producer: VODUN - In Development
2019: Executive Producer: SEANCE - Pre-Production
2019: Executive Producer: ALEXIS COLETTE - Anthony W. Johnson
2019: Executive Producer: HANNA's MIRROR - Director - Johnathan Brownlee
2019: Executive Producer: WHERE IS SOPHIA? - In Development
2019: Executive Producer: CRYPTID - In Development
2018: Producer: AMERICAN INJUSTICE (TELEVISION SERIES) - Jackie Kallen
2018: Executive Producer: STOCKHOLM - In Development
2017: Consulting Producer: CHIMERA - Stars Henry Ian Cusick and Kathleen Quinlan
2017: Executive Producer: GAME OF ACES - Stars Chris Klein
2016: Executive Producer - LEX TALIONIS - In Development
2016: Executive Producer - BLESS ME FATHER- John Turturro, Michael Rapaport
2015: Executive Producer - THE BLACK PILLS - Tom Proctor
2015: Executive Producer - THE UNTITLED TRINIDAD PROJECT
2015: Executive Producer - THE LIVINGSTON GARDENER - Released
2014: Executive Producer - THE DARK PLACE - Released
2014: Executive Producer - 3 DAYS IN HAVANA (Gil Bellows)- Released
2013: Executive Producer - THE HAND OF NOW
2013: Executive Producer - SURROUNDED BY GHOSTS- In Development
2012: Co-Executive Producer -PETUNIA- Brittany Snow, Thora Birch
2012: Co-Producer - GUNS, GIRLS & GAMBLING - Gary Oldman, Christian Slater
2011: Producer: BLACK LIMOUSINE- David Arquette, Vivica A. Fox
2010: Executive Producer: THE PENITENT MAN - Lance Henriksen
2010: Executive Producer: TOP FUEL – Scott McCullough- Director
2009: Executive Producer: BLOOD TIES – Distributed via Lionsgate
2008: Executive Producer: DEATH’S DOOR – Ken Gust
2007: Executive Producer: TOOTH & NAIL- Starring Michael Madsen & Vinny Jones
2007: Executive Producer: THE FINAL CURTAIN – Distributed by Lionsgate
2006: Executive Producer: PAID – Starring Corbin Bernsen