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Sam H.

Groveton, VA, USA


Hi, I am applying through POV under the American Promise assignment. I'm Sam Hampton PhD, co-founder of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit located in the DC metro area dedicated to creating community through documentary. I have two recent films. Hidden Books the Art of Kumi Korf, about a Japanese American artist, received the CINE Golden Eagle Award. Mr. Stokes' Mission, the story of a Civil Rights educator and plaintiff of Brown v. Board of Education, has played at many film festivals and schools. My current project is a one-hour documentary titled, Transcending Surgeon. The film is about trauma surgeon Dr. Edward Cornwell III, who is the Chief of Surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. The film explores Dr. Cornwell's family upbringing, mentors, education and other guiding forces that led to his successful career. It does so in the context of African American pioneers in medicine, and that many of his patients represent the realities of another side of urban African American life, communities beset by poverty, inadequate education and and violence. Transcending Surgeon is a story that connects with viewers in a way that is real and thought provoking.

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