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Sam Feder
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Sam Feder

Spring 2007
Institute Fellow
New York, NY

Sam Feder

Sam Feder is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in film and video exploring interpersonal power dynamics and the politics of media-driven identity. Sam’s short and long format video work screens internationally at festivals, museums and universities. Currently, Feder is in post-production on, Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger: a feature-length, portrait film about the internationally renowned and celebrated author Kate Bornstein — a post-modern gender theorist, performance artist, trans-dyke, former high-ranking scientologist, heavily tattooed and pierced, 65 year old Jewish, queer icon. (http://samfeder.com/make-me-a-star)

Sam’s award-winning, first, feature film, Boy I Am, is in distribution with Women Make Movies and continues to screen worldwide. Sam’s work has received support from national grants such as the Frameline Completion Fund, Crossroads Foundation, Funding Exchange, Astraea Foundation for Social Justice, Illinois Arts Council Grant, and The Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. For the Summer of 2013 Sam has been invited to be an artist in resident at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.

Feder is a professor at Hunter College in the Film and Media Department and at the New School in Media Studies graduate program.


With the support of the Institute Fellowship, Feder began pre-production on When the Dust Settles, and interactive webbased documentary. A collaboration between three film directors and four transgender women from across the United States this film documents their lives as activists in the movement for social and economic justice.  The Fellowship enabled Feder to conduct preliminary research and interviews.

For more information visit: www.samfeder.com