Sam Lee has been working in film and television for almost twenty years. Originally from Wales, she moved to New York to take a teaching position at the Storefront Academy in Harlem in 1992. After five years she left to become a television editor. She has since edited and produced numerous projects for NBC News, CBS News, The Learning Channel, Bravo, VH1 and a variety of shows for MTV.
In 2000, Sam began working on feature documentary films. Her projects include Trading Women, a film narrated by Angelina Jolie, which focuses on sex trafficking of minority women in South East Asia and was released on PBS. She co-directed and edited Pleasure and Pain, a 90-minute film on the musician Ben Harper that was released on DVD and distributed by 7th Art Releasing nationwide.
Sam field-produced and edited 270 Miles from Graceland a two-hour concert film on the Bonnarroo Music Festival in Tennessee. In 2006, she directed and produced her first feature documentary, The Perfect Life, which premièred at the Slamdance film festival. And, in 2008, she travelled for a year in South East Asia and it was a chance encounter with two clowns on a roof in Kolkotta, which led to her documentary project, Send in the Clowns.
From 2009 to 2013, Sam worked on a variety of television shows including ’16 and Pregnant’, ‘My Life as Liz’, ‘College Life’, ‘The World of Jenks’ and two seasons with Mo Rocca on his Emmy nominated show ‘My Grandmother’s Ravioli’. Most recently she finished David Feingold’s film Life and death at Preah Vihear and produced and edited Dream/Killer, which premièred at Tribeca Film Festival and is a about the wrongful conviction case of Ryan Ferguson. Send in the Clowns is Sam’s second feature documentary.