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The documentary follows indigenous activists and white allies in their battles against the oil pipelines traversing native lands and essential waterways in Northern Minnesota. 

Our Bodies Our Doctors

Assistant Director, Research

The film tells the story of a rebellion in the field of medicine as a cohort of physicians faces abortion stigma within their own profession and confronts religious control over health care decisions. Their fight takes them into a larger struggle over the heart and soul of American medicine.

Public Health Research

-This Free Life Campaign


-National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Conducted field interviews and surveying for “This Free Life,” the FDA’s public education campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults.


Interviewer for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which provides up-to-date information on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, mental health and other health-related issues in the United States.


Muse Storytelling

Research & Development

Research & development with Muse Storytelling, an online course that teaches the science behind storytelling and empowers you with a process for developing the creative in all your future films. 

car2go Portland



Marketing & event management with car2go, one of the first carsharing programs launched in the Portland market. 


Sam is a queer, latinx documentary filmmaker & researcher based in Portland, OR. Her most recent projects include feature-length documentaries, NECESSITY (Co-director), OUR BODIES OUR DOCTORS (Assistant Director).

With a background in Cultural Anthropology, she also works with local and national government agencies on public health research projects.

She currently works as a consultant at KGW Media Group.



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