Stuart Samuels is an acclaimed academic (Univ. of Penn: 1968-1981), and a film and television producer, writer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. His works explore the relationship of popular culture to the broader historical context of their times.Stuart’s first feature documentary, VISIONS OF LIGHT: The Art of Cinematography, (1993), which he produced and co-directed, was selected as “Best Documentary” of 1993 by the New York, Boston and National Film Critics. Stuart’s first feature documentary, VISIONS OF LIGHT: The Art of Cinematography, (1993), which he produced and co-directed, was selected as “Best Documentary” of 1993 by the New York, Boston and National Film Critics.
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After the success of VISIONS OF LIGHT, Stuart co-directed and co-wrote the award-winning documentary HOLLYWOODSIM: Jews, Movies and the American Dream,. Stuart was named Best Feature Documentary director at HOT DOCS (1998) and HOLLYWOODISM was named Best Documentary at the 1998 Jerusalem Film Festival.
His feature documentary, MIDNIGHT MOVIES: From The Margin to the Mainstream (2005), was based on Stuart’s 1993 book MIDNIGHT MOVIES. A look at the phenomena of cult films in the 1970’s the film had its world premiere as an Official Selection (Out of Competition), at the 2005 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL,
In 2011, Stuart co-produced, directed and wrote RASTA: A SOUL’S JOURNEY, a feature documentary film on the relationship of Bob Marley and Rastafarian beliefs- seen through the eyes and experiences of Donisha, Rita Marley and Bob Marley’s 24-year-old granddaughter.
Stuart is a Co-Producer on THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: THE TOURING YEARS (2016) award winning feature documentary about The Beatles Live tours and performances. Apple Corps. produced, with Ron Howard directing.