Samuel Lee’s romance with production began in the 70’s. As an administrator for community programs going back to the 60’s, his avocation for life in the inner cities of New York took a cultural tune in 1976 when he started working for Queens Council On The Arts in New York.
Being the unofficial go to guy for services for the African American cultural and Education community, he was often called upon to provide a wide range of services. From graphic design for community events, a/v tech for major 2 day events at Flushing Meadow Park,, id qualitative community projects, to working with funding sources, while maintaining a grassroots commitment, it was a natural evolution to become a community television advocate before cable.
In 1979 QCA was a part of the CETA Artist project, and thus his intro into video.
As Senior Field Supervisor and Coordinator of Special Projects, developed video documentary project between QCA and Community Board 12/Queens Summer Youth Employment Program
First Screen Credit/1979
“In A Struggle for Youth Achievement” b/w
In the last twenty-five years Samuel Lee has completed many projects through Queens Council On The Arts, Jamaica Arts Center, Young Filmmaker/Video Arts, Locus Communications, K TV, T.V. Euro, Southland Corporations, PBS, New York State Council on The Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Technology Resource Center in NJ, NYC Bd of Ed, NYC Parks Dept. etc.
Director of inner city minority folk arts video documentary series ’Encounters In Black Traditions’, funded in part by The Puffin Foundation.
Developing Visual Literacy Initiative for COC Community Lecture Series for Englewood Bd Of Ed’s, Dwight Moore High School’s AVID program
Teaching ILife to community youth and educators
Partial List of projects/clients includes;
American Neon College-13 week series- 3 seven minutes per - camera and editing
Jerry Lewis Telethon Supplement for 7/11 – 3 30 second spots
Richie Haven , James Brown, Chaka Khan, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra , Queens Symphony Orchestra, Ink Spots, Cold Chillin Records, WBLS, Rush Productions, Platters, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, etc.-New Line Cinema, Fisher King, Hanging with the Homeboys, Car 54, Cadillac Man, The Awakening.
1979- On-Line Producer/On The Job Training
Young Filmmakers/Video Arts
Awarded Six Scholarships – Studio Production, Electronic News Gathering, Working with Artist, Editing, Lighting, Stage Management
Television Arts Production and Editing
Center For The Media A
CMX Digital Editing
Demo and References Available on Request