Sam Wainwright Douglas is a director and producer living and working in Austin, TX.
His recent film, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2010 and continues to screen internationally at theaters, museums universities and film festivals. The feature documentary is about the legacy of the late architect Samuel Mockbee and his work as co-founder of Auburn University's Rural Studio. The Rural Studio is an architectural education program in which students design and build badly needed charity architecture for poor communities in west Alabama. Among many honors, Mockbee was awarded the 2004 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal Award, the highest honor in the field, and a 2000 MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Citizen Architect premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival
Prior to Citizen Architect, Sam edited and co-produced Along Came Kinky: Texas Jewboy for Governor, a film on musician/writer/raconteur Kinky Friedman and his independent run for governor of Texas in 2006. That film, directed by David Hartstein, premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Sam also directed The Holy Modal Rounders… Bound to Lose, a surreal chronicle of the infamous bad boys of 1960's folk rock, The Holy Modal Rounders. The film covers the band's bizarre history and follows this dysfunctional family of musicians as they ride a popular resurgence toward their unpredictable 40th anniversary concert. The film features Sam Shepard and Dennis Hopper among other friends and fans of the band. Some of the film's many screenings include The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and the Austin Film Society's Texas Doc Tour. Bound To Lose also screened at festivals worldwide including the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival, 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival, 2005 Denver International Film Festival, 2006 Atlanta Film Festival and the 2006 San Francisco Independent Film Festival. It has played many theatrical engagements in the U.S. and Europe and is available on DVD.
Sam was an editor for Left Of The Dial, a feature documentary about Air America Radio that was broadcast on HBO in March and April of 2005 and is now available on DVD. He also edited a short documentary produced by the Anti-Defamation League, which won a 2005 Telly Award.
In 2002 Sam edited and co-produced Raise the Roof, an award-winning documentary on Irish traditional music, which played festivals and aired on the BBC and RTÉ, the national television network in Ireland. Raise the Roof won the documentary prize at the 2003 Galway Film Fleadh (festival).
Sam has also edited and produced other programs for PBS, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and The Food Network. Sam graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1998 and has taught in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas.