headshot of filmmaker Samantha Tan

Samantha K. Tan is a Vietnamese-Chinese-American producer and writer that's devoted to creating more opportunities for new, original voices on- and off-screen. Her work includes producing music videos for Fearless Records, assistant producer of "Expanding Sanctuary" (an immigrant rights documentary), and line producer's assistant on both HBO Max's "The Flight Attendant" (season 2) and Mindy Kaling's "The Sex Lives of College Girls" (season 2). In addition to producing films that highlight people of color, women and LGBTQ voices, Samantha guest speaks at universities and mentors film students throughout the United States.

Tan currently works at Evan Goldberg's nonprofit, Reel Start—a Los Angeles and Toronto film program that increases BIPOC students' access to filmmaking. Samantha is creating space for more filmmakers who look like her as she paves her own path into the Writers’ Room. 

Grantee type

Grants Awarded to Samantha Tan

$25,000 - Awarded November 2022

Focus areas
Immigrant Voices
Representation in Media

Samara is an impatient, bold Vietnamese-Cambodian-American girl who is determined to show her independence and drive as a college-dropout. On her quest for validation she has to sort out her new lifestyle, and relationships, and prove to her immigrant mother she has what it takes to succeed. Pressure makes diamonds. Or crushes them.

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