Sam Fleischner grew up in a family of artists. At the age of twelve he got his first job with Shepard Fairey, when the Andre the Giant sticker phenomenon was taking shape in Providence, RI. Shepard taught Sam about punk rock, street art, and how to skate a half pipe. In high school Sam started to take a lot of pictures and make movies and decided to study film at Wesleyan University. There he met his good friends from MGMT who would go on to make one of the most popular records of the last decade, Oracular Spectacular for which Sam shot the album cover. After taking up residence in NYC Sam was hired to launch Nylon TV where he created extensive content about music and fashion. After making several award winning short films he embarked on his first narrative feature, Wah Do Dem, which won the grand jury prize at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival and was theatrically released in 2010 by factory 25. Art Forum named it one of the best feature debuts of the 21st century. Sam was quickly tapped to shoot his first commercial for Puma’s world cup campaign in Africa, and soon began working with m ss ng p eces – directing content for brands like, GE, American Express, Sony, Samsung, Intel.
In April of 2013, Tribeca Film Festival premiered his second feature film Stand Clear of the Closing Doors. The film is a moving portrait of New York, told through the parallel journeys of a 13-year-old autistic boy and his mother, shot almost entirely on the subway and on Rockaway Beach before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. The film won the a special grand jury award and has garnered great reviews from critics and audiences around the world. It will be released by Oscilloscope in theaters in 2014.