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Art & Life with Sam Robles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Robles.

Sam, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Movies have always been my obsession. Hollywood Video was my library and AMC 30 were my Church. As a kid, I’d take my dad’s VHS camera and shoot home movies with speeding hot wheels and Jurassic Park raptors. Movies were my escape.

I was born in Anaheim, California to Luz Elba (Medina) and Luis Robles a car mechanic. Both immigrants from Mexico who settled in Anaheim California in the first decade of the 1990s. In 2005, my family moved to Houston, Texas.

My first short film was of sci-fi action involving 2 future soldiers (played by myself and a friend) then age 12. Throughout my early teens, and after entering high school, I continued to make amateur video tape “adventure” films using my father’s camera. My parents were split while I attended high school and would later divorce in 2013.

In 2010 I took a job as a waiter to raise money to buy my first new video camera. In 2011 I (then 17) wrote and directed a 15-minute short film titled “Vital” a suspense thriller. The film was made for $20 and won “best short film” at a film festival for college students. After attending Cypress Ranch high school in Texas for 4 years I would start my video production company “Sinister Kid Studios” providing the music video service for low budget independent musicians through 2012. I (then 18) toured with multiple rock bands across America for 2 years for my feature documentary “Before the Encore” that would go on to win best Independent Documentary across multiple film festivals.

In 2013 I wrote and directed my short film titled “Ellie” a suspense drama that would later win Best Short Film at World fest Houston. They say to never work with animals and children so I did both. ELLIE starred then 12-year-old actors Brendan Pentecost and 5-year-old Parker McEnroe as well as his black lab.

In 2014 I took a job working in oil refinery towers to raise funds for my next project titled “Planet Republic” a comedy TV series about a failing tabloid magazine “that uncovers the mysteries and conspiracies the government doesn’t want you to know about.” I wrote Planet Republic in high school re-adapting my previous short film script from middle school, then titled “The Press”. Planet Republic follows the lives of a small time failing tabloid magazine trying to stay afloat while investigating mysteries and conspiracies around the world.

In 2016 I was brought on, by the well-known beauty company CHI, to produce and direct a series of broadcast television ads for all major brand launches. This career turn into the beauty and fashion industry landed me a series of commercial launch projects in 2017 with established brands such as, Bio silk, Miss Universe, Fantastic Sam’s and Esquire Magazine.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I have kind of an obsessive personality. I approach every project as if my life depends it. Having said that I am still never satisfied. The day I am fully satisfied and say that’s the best I can do, that’s the day I have to start looking for a different profession because as a filmmaker I dream for a living, and when my dreams become more important than my reality I give up living my normal life and instead I choose to live in the illusions of those realities.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I’m definitely a bit of a loner but I am very active on Instagram more than any other social platform and you can find me here. I’m always eager to connect with other filmmakers and talent.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find my website here

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Image Credit:
Nishan Photography

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