Cereal Medicino
(5th grade)
Get Used to It!
(6th grade)
Meet Flour
(7th grade)
That's How I Died
(anti-drug play,
8th grade)
Sins of the Father
(9th grade)
Mystery High
(10th grade)
Auditioning Truths
and Lies

(11th grade)
   
     
Samantha Carr has won many awards and accolades for her films and plays. Currently Director of Youth Projects for the Fallbrook Film Factory, Sammi has has been writing, directing, and acting in her own movies, both for school and for her own personal pleasure, since fifth grade.

In her freshman year of high school, she wrote a script titled Sins of the Father for her advanced video class. The 10-minute film was entered in that year's San Diego County School District iVIE Awards (Innovative Video In Education) and won her high school its first and still only first place iVIE trophy as well as several VCTV awards including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Storyteller of the Year. Sins of the Father also won Best Picture of 2009 in her town's annual film festival―the only film to garner a unanimous decision by the judges. Sins of the Father remains one of only a handful of films displayed at the iVIE organization's web site as an example of excellence in filmmaking. Sins of the Father, along with about a dozen films made by Sammi have enjoyed thousands of YouTube viewings.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Watch Sammi's first video blog for the Fallbrook Film Factory:

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Sammi's second video blog is from the floor of the 2010 Comic-Con Convention
 

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Sammi's third video blog is as red carpet host for the 2010 Fallbrook Film Festival
 

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In her sophomore year, Sammi wrote and directed a full-length movie, Mystery High, about a group of kids who find themselves trapped in their high school for the weekend and have to solve a crime. She also wrote and performed all the music for Mystery High and edited the final film. Mystery High was named a finalist in that year's iVIE Awards and later became one of three finalists in its category at the Fallbrook Film Festival. In 2009 Mystery High was given a listing on IMDb, the preeminent web film resource.

In Sammi's junior year she took on the challenge of writing and directing a full-length stage play. Titled Auditioning Truths and Lies, the play was performed May 2008 at the 500-seat Maxine Theater to a packed house and rave reviews from the public, the critical press, and members of the educational establishment alike. It also received perfect scores in every category by judges of the national KidsFIRST! competition. In her senior year, Sammi and her troupe brought Auditioning Truths and Lies to several Southern California theater venues, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and starring in the title role of her high school's musical production, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Going back a few years, Sammi's very first short, made in fifth grade, was titled Cereal Medicino. The three-minute mock commercial is about a magical breakfast product that keeps kids healthy and is shot in both Spanish and English (she's been a bilingual student since first grade). Nearly ten years later, Cereal Medicino is still shown annually by San Diego County schools to parents considering enrolling their children in the district's bilingual program.

In sixth grade, Sammi wrote and directed Miss P.O.T.U.S. (President Of The Upper School) detailing her experience running for school president (and winning). The 10-minute short is still shown at the school to illustrate the electoral process.

In eighth grade she wrote and directed an anti-drug play, That's How I Died, for her school district's Red Ribbon Week. The school asked Sammi to present it to the entire student body. It was a great success and Sammi returned to the junior high school her freshman year of high school to direct it again. She also wrote and performed the play’s original music and edited the video.

Also in junior high, Sammi created and introduced her fellow students to the character, "Flour," a quirky tween who hilariously opines on various subjects (for example, the school's dress code). Later that year, she wrote, directed, and starred in Get Used to It!, a 10-minute short about the importance of learning to appreciate the life we have.

Over the summer preceding her freshman year of high school, Sammi and younger brother, Alex, made a humorous short titled The Movie I Made About What My Little Brother Bluto Did Last Summer for her Advanced Video high school class (even though it wasn't required for the class). It won an iVIE Special Achievement award.

Samantha is currently enrolled at Cal State San Marcos and working as an intern at KNSD 7/39.

In 2009 Samantha Carr won the SDABJ scholarship.
San Diego NBC affiliate KNSD 7/39 ran this feature:

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Sammi also won several other awards including
the Roadrunner Journalism Scholarship,
the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Scholarship,
the Valley Center Board of Realtors Scholarship,
and the Valley Center Kiwanis Scholarship.
In 2009, Sammi won a San Diego Press Club award for Investigative Journalism
for a front page story she wrote for the Valley Roadrunner newspaper.
 
Sammi interviewing American Idol heartthrob
Adam Lambert for the television show, Access Hollywood

Professional writing:
Wrote a weekly for-pay column for the Valley Roadrunner newspaper for three years
Wrote a column for NC Magazine her sophomore and junior years
Interviewed the cast and directors of the hit Sci-Fi TV show “Stargate” at the San Diego premiere of the feature film Stargate: Continuum for the website MovieJungle.com

Academic achievement:
Maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her junior and senior years (high 3+ before that)
Twice chosen as Student of the Month in her senior year and once in her sophomore year
Has been in the school district's bilingual (English/Spanish) program since first grade
Has been active in CSF (California Scholarship Federation), NHS (National Honor Society) and ITS (International Thespian Society) since her freshman year (and CJSF in junior high)

School plays and competitions:
2009 San Diego County winner in the national “Poetry Out Loud” competition
Was captain of the Valley Center High School (VCHS) Academic League her freshman year
Performed the title role in the VCHS Musical Theater production of Thoroughly Modern Millie
Played the role of Emily in the VCHS Drama production of Bang Bang You're Dead
President of the VCHS Drama club her junior year
Played the role of Wendy in the VCHS Musical Theater production of Peter Pan
Played the role of Miss Hannigan in the junior high production of Annie
VC Teen Talent Show winner for The Tender Trap
Played the role of Chava in the junior high production of Fiddler on the Roof
Did sound and lighting for many events at the Maxine Theater

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