Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Sam Zalutsky

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2012

Sam Zalutsky is a New York-based writer, director, and photographer. His new feature film, Seaside, a thriller (see the trailer above) set on the Oregon Coast, was begun at MacDowell, and it stars Ariana DeBose (upcoming Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Tony nominee for Donna Summer musical, original Hamilton cast), Matt Shingledecker (Wicked), Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins), and Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys). It is distributed by Gravitas Ventures and available here: https://tinyurl.com/y55bko5v. For his psychological horror feature, You Belong To Me, Zalutsky was shortlisted for the Independent Spirit Award’s “Someone to Watch Award.”

Zalutsky’s short film, How to Make it to the Promised Land, about a girl at Jewish camp forced to play a Holocaust role-play game, was funded by the Jerome Foundation and Kickstarter. He is also one of the creators of the comedy Web series, "The Go-Getters,” and the tennis drag series, Holding Court (instagram: @holdingcourttv). His previous shorts, Superstore, Stefan’s Silver Bell, and Smear, have been seen at festivals around the world. He has made videos for designers Lewis Cho, Mark Montano, and 2(x)ist, non-profits Prep for Prep, Relief Boutique, REACH Prep, and Civic Builders, and a series of videos about breast cancer survivors for Artisan Plastic Surgery. As a photographer, his photograph, The Meat Rack Number 8, appeared last year in a show at the Center for Fine Art Photography, and this year he will participate in the Center Santa Fe portfolio review.

Zalutsky teaches at Spalding University’s low residency M.F.A. in writing (spalding.edu/mfa). He received his B.A. in art from Yale and an M.F.A. in film from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. Find him on Instagram/Twitter at @zalutsky.


New Hampshire

Sam Zalutsky worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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