Sam Gorman


During high school Light House was my favorite place to be. I made some of my closest friends there and learned to collaborate with them while still expressing myself. Light House was where I realized I wanted to be a filmmaker and if it weren’t for the experience gained there, I would never have been accepted into film school. When I started college, I found myself ahead of a lot of my classmates because of what I had learned at Light House.”

Sam Gorman first started Light House when he was thirteen and enrolled in Open Studio. It was there that he discovered his love for narrative filmmaking. He signed up for as many Light House courses as he could throughout high school . In his freshman year he directed a music video for local high school musician Arliss Adou’s song “Downlow,” a collaboration with the Music Resource Center. The video went on to screen at the LA Film Festival Youth Showcase. The following summer he made his first documentary, Tom: Beyond the Bun, which screened at the Waynesboro Short Film Festival. In his sophomore year of high school, he competed in the Adrenaline Film Project with teammates Aidan Keith-Hynes and Marco Duran. Their short, Erasification, won the second place Audience Award. One year later, at the 2011 Adrenaline Film Project, his film, The Iranian Job, made in collaboration with teammates Jackie Farrell and Will Jones took home the First Place Jury Award. Sam continued taking courses for the remainder of high school. He made the most of his last summer of Light House, during which he took the Narrative and Music Video workshops. During the former he made Space Girl, which went on to be screened at the LA Film Festival Future Filmmakers Showcase, the Waynesboro Short Film Showcase, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Virginia Student Film Festival, and the William & Mary Global Film Festival. His music video for “Want Me Close” by Dwight Howard Johnson went on to screen at the Virginia Student Film Festival, the Pendragwn Youth Film Festival, the Sun Valley Film Festival, and won Best Music Video at the Chicago International Film Festival CineYouth competition. After his freshman year of college, he returned to Light House as a mentor. Sam is currently studying at the SUNY Purchase School of Film and Media Studies, where he is continuing his filmmaking education started at Light House.

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