Meet Samantha Bailey, Writer and Filmmaker

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Writer and filmmaker Samantha Bailey

Filming a movie is daunting enough, but filming one abroad adds an extra layer of thrills and chills to the process. That’s why we’re so excited to showcase a lady who managed to accomplish just that on this week’s episode, Chicago writer and filmmaker Samantha Bailey.

Sam Bailey is the creator of the Gotham nominated web series: You’re So Talented. She is also the director and producer of the newly launched web series Brown Girls, which has received major buzz from outlets like Jezebel, Elle, and BET. Recently, Sam was included on NewCity’s Film 50 list. As a writer, she’s worked on live lit stages across the city including The Paper Machete, 2nd Story and Guts and Glory.

Last year, Samantha  flew to Ghana to shoot Raina’s Not Here, her upcoming short film. On Wednesday’s episode we talk about the logistics of directing a movie in a different country, the experience of traveling abroad for the first time, why you definitely want to visit Accra, among other topics.

Follow Sama on Twitter at @SamQBailey and check out all the updates of her wonderful web series You’re So Talented and Brown Girls on Facebook.

Learn more about Samantha after the jump.


1) Where have you traveled?

Ghana is the only time I’ve been out of the country. In the States, I’ve been to California, Oregon, Idaho, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New York, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan. Soo…not a bunch of different places but I hope to change that in the future.

2) What’s been your favorite trip so far?

By far, it was being in Accra, Ghana. New Orleans is a close second.

3) What are three things you always take with you when you travel?

A hair scarf or silk pillow case, a notebook, and a charger.

4) What’s your next destination?

I’ll be traveling back to Ghana soon to premiere the movie that we shot and set some ground work to do future projects there.

5) Give us one reason why you travel.

I like being in new places. I’m a Chicago girl, born and raised, and have been here for almost my entire life. By traveling, I get to open up my world a bit and really experience different ways and rhythms of life. I think all of that influences my writing and my storytelling in general.

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