DAVID SAMPLINER is an award-winning documentary cinematographer and filmmaker. Most recently he contributed cinematography to Rachel Lears’s KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE (Sundance Film Festival premiere, 2019, distributed by Netflix), Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger’s APART (Full Frame premiere, 2020, distributed by Independent Lens), and Nathan Grossman’s I AM GRETA (Venice Film Festival premiere, 2020, distributed by Hulu). He was the director of photography for Rachel Shuman’s ONE OCTOBER that premiered at Full Frame in 2017, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on iTunes and other digital platforms. He has shot several films he also directed, including MY OWN MAN which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired as a Netflix Original documentary; DIRTY WORK (co-directed with Tim Nackashi) which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, won Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival, aired on the Sundance Channel, and is now available on Amazon Prime and other digital platforms; and ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND INNOVATION (co-directed with Tom Piper and Rachel Shuman), a film about the history of the Guggenheim Museum, broadcast on WNET Channel 13 and now on permanent exhibition at the Museum. He has also shot and directed several short films: LA PASTORA (Middlebury New Filmmakers’ Festival premiere, 2020), BROTHERS (Dok Leipzig premiere, 2017), BREAD POWER (distributed by Etsy), and the DVD featurette on the making of BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA (distributed by Sony Pictures). He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, became a documentary filmmaker in Athens, GA, spent the better part of his adult life in New York City, and now lives with his family in Beacon, NY.

Photo by Drew Wiedemann.

David Sampliner