Sam was born in Chicago. After surviving childhood with his Sicilian\Jewish family, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then attended Columbia College Film School. Shortly after, Sam shot news for NBC and CNN in Chicago.
Auster has won multiple Echo awards for his commercial work. He recently directed BETTY WHITE fighting Zombies for an AARP web campaign. Other recent spots include “Calendar“, an animated national cable spot for Humana and a real-people, corporate image web spot, “We Are AARP FOUNDATION”. Auster has shot and directed numerous other commercials for companies such as Burger King, Chevy Trucks, and Skechers USA.
Sam recently directed a pilot for the Dove Soap “Real Beauty” documentary campaign, and has written and shot promos for ABC-TV’s prime time line-up.
Auster has written and directed thee feature films. “THE RETURN OF JOE RICH”(2013), is a pitch-black comedy about a young man seeking redemption by joining the Mafia. “THE RAPE OF EDEN”, a futuristic action adventure, released by West Side Studios. His first feature, “SCREEN TEST”, a teen sex comedy, was theatrically released by CineTel and shipped a record number of units through RCA/Columbia.
On the literary side, Auster has written screenplays for Ed Asner's Quince Productions (a mock-umentary about the life of “legendary” producer Buddy Rose), Edge Films and Mustang Pictures. Sam’s latest screenplay, “BIRTHDAY”, written with JOE RICH DP Lance Catania, is currently in pre-production.
Sam wrote and directed sketch comedy at the Robert Hartung Theater in Hollywood and at the Up Front Comedy Club in Santa Monica.
concept, scripting, directing, shooting, post for on-air, web, mobile, feature film live action and animation projects
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