Heidi Saman became a devotee of Italian neorealist films during her undergraduate studies at University of California, San Diego. After working in Cairo, Egypt as a freelance journalist she moved to Philadelphia to pursue her MFA in Film and Media Arts degree at Temple University. The neorealist style inspired Saman for her debut feature film Namour that is now on post-production after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Namour is a film that tells the story of Steven Bassem, an Arab-American who is afraid that his temporary job as a valet driver in a fashionable restaurant in LA is turning into his future.
Heidi Saman’s MFA thesis short film The Maid received the Princess Grace Honorarium Award and was selected to premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. It played at festivals worldwide including Slamdance and IndieMemphis. Her second short film, Pears, received the Panavision Equipment Grant Award and screened at festivals and galleries around the globe. Besides making her films, Saman works as an associate producer at National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
The former MFA Temple student was just selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Read more about it here.