A filmmaker and editor, Sam’s first feature, Cry Funny Happy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. His second feature, First Person Singular, played in festivals around the world including Morocco and South Africa. 

His third feature, Almost in Love, starring Alex Karpovsky and Alan Cumming, was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and prompted New York Magazine to call Sam “a director of true vision”.

 As an editor, he has worked on many award-winning features including Karpovsky’s debut feature, The Hole Story, and Ferenc Toth’s Unknown Soldier (for which he won the Best Editor Award at the Woodstock Film Festival). He has also been a long-time collaborator of the renowned Iranian visual artist, Shirin Neshat, and helped to edit her first feature film, Women Without Men, which won the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.

In recent years, Sam was selected as a Directing Mentee for Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative and has been developing several projects for TV networks (including IFC).

Sam Neave is Iranian by birth, grew up in the United Kingdom and now lives in New York City.