Samantha Aldana – Director of THE MELANCHOLY MAN (Ep31)

Samantha Aldana – Director of THE MELANCHOLY MAN (Ep31)

In this episode of Directing Magic; the director of the upcoming feature film LITTLE LYING WILD, Samantha Aldana. They discuss her short film THE MELANCHOLY MAN and her experience shadowing a television director for the NBC / Universal Diversity Directors’ Program.


Filmmaker Biography

Samantha Aldana is a Belizean-American award-winning director/writer. Her work is rooted in storytelling traditions of the American South and the folklore of Belize. Around the age of 12, she began putting her stories on screen.

​Samantha is an alum of the NBC/Universal Diversity Director Program and had the opportunity to shadow director Salli Richardson-Whitfield on an episode of SYFY’s, THE MAGICIANS, as well as on an episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.​

She is the recipient of the “Belize Film Commissioner’s Emerging Storyteller Feature Film Award” for her feature film in development,

LITTLE LYING WILD. The film was selected to participate in the 2017 Tribeca Film Institute Network in 2018 and is undergoing mentorship in the 2018 Emerging Voices program through the New Orleans Film Festival. ​Samantha is gearing up to direct her first feature film, SHAPELESS in collaboration with Water Meter Productions. The film is set to shoot in New Orleans in 2019. ​


Her recent short film THE MELANCHOLY MAN was awarded “Best Narrative Film” in the Audience Awards Women’s Film Challenge. The film screened at Comic Con 2018 and premiered as a top pick on The Film Shortage. In 2017 she received the “Best Director” Award for her short film THESE WILD THINGS at the NYC Damn! Film Series and the “Jury Award for Best LA Short Film” at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2016.

In 2017 her short SI was featured on PBS as well as “Short of the Month” and was awarded “Best Short Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the International KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival. In 2016, her film PORCELAIN won the “Jury Award” at the Boston Independent Film Festival and received distribution on The Kaleidoscope Kid’s TV Network™.​

She holds a BA in Film Directing from Columbia College Chicago and is a member of Women in Film and Television and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. ​

Samantha is currently based in New Orleans and enjoys illustrating children’s books on the sidelines of filmmaking.

This episode was sound edited by Annabeth Mellon as a part of her instruction at The University of Alabama.