Sam Aleshinloye is a New York City-based documentary filmmaker, short-form video content producer, and freelance photographer.
He has produced, directed and shot projects for FIJI Water, Black Enterprise, The Lip Bar, Magnolia Ice cream, TheUrbanDaily.com, HelloBeautiful.com, NewsOne.com, Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, the LuckyRice Festival, Falling Whistles, and Miss Black New York USA.
In his documentary film work, he has worked on PBS’ original television series America In Prime Time, PBS’ multi-Emmy award winning documentary series POV, the PBS World Channel’s Your Voice, Your Story, yet to be released film Rokia: The Voice of a New Generation, Project Talent, and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere selection documentary Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
He is currently working as an archival researcher on a 4-hour documentary slated to be released early 2016.
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution was awarded the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary, was named top 5 documentary films of 2015 by the National Board of Review, awarded the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary film, and awarded the FOCAL International award for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Film.
In 2016 Black Panthes: Vanguard of the Revolution was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for the category Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.
On February 16th, 2016 the critically acclaimed film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution premiered on PBS. The film then fueled a discussions internationally,as the #BlackPanthersPBS hashtag became the top tag on both Twitter and Instagram.
SELECT REVIEWS FROM THE PRESS
“An essential history, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, is a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.” – Sundance Institute
“Unyielding in its exploration of Black Panther pride, confrontations and in-fighting, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is a documentary that uses rare footage to chronicle the explosive movement in a most comprehensive way.” – NBC News
“A thrilling, comprehensive history of the revolutionary movement that transformed race and class in America, told through meticulous research and astonishing archival materials by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and Emmy Award winner Stanley Nelson.” –Museum of Modern Art
“The moment is right for a documentary history of the Panthers.” – NY Times
In 2015-2016 Aleshinloye worked as an archival researcher with Ark Media on a four-hour PBS series titled
AND STILL I RISE: Black America since MLK, hosted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The film is slated to broadcast nationally late 2016.
Drawing on culture, politics, eyewitness accounts, and social analysis, the series will illuminate our recent past while raising urgent questions about the future of the African American community–and our nation as a whole.
In 2016 Aleshinloye served as Archival Producer for longtime journalist and former New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert’s hard -hitting project Against All Odds: The Fight for A Black Middle Class.
A documentary about the extraordinary difficulty African-Americans have faced in their efforts to establish and maintain a middle class standard of living. Nearly 40 percent of all black children are poor. And the black middle class remains proportionally much smaller and far less healthy than the white middle class. With a compelling narrative, dramatic historical footage and a series of deeply personal interviews, Bob Herbert shows why this is still the case a half century after the heyday of the civil rights movement.
Aleshinloye has produced, shot and edited numerous videos for FIJI Water including their entire September 2011/2012 Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week video campaigns which included video of the DKNY, BCBG Max Azria, DVF, Tibi, Milly, Marchesa and J Mendel shows.
He has also shot online video for a number other brands, news publications, and individual clients.
For a little over 4 years, Aleshinloye has run his own Photography and Video business aptly named “Sam Alesh Photography & Video”.
Aleshinloye specializes in documentary, fashion, and fine art photography, and welcomes collaboration and bookings with models, agencies, and artists who can provide portfolio/examples of their work.
He does not provide event photography (Weddings, Engagements, Birthdays parties, etc)