While living in Prague working at BBDO as a television commercial consultant, Samuel Vartek would often visit his literary hero Franz Kafka's grave for inspiration while writing screenplays.
When he returned to the US, he created Purple Turtle Films to produce, direct, and edit Blue Gold: World Water Wars (as Sam Bozzo) based on the ground-breaking book and narrated by Malcolm McDowell. The film won international awards, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, has screened theatrically in Japan and is available in the USA via PBS Video, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon VOD. The project was Executive Produced by Mark Achbar ("The Corporation", "Manufacturing Consent").
As a narrative filmmaker and Art Center College of Design Alumni, Samuel wrote, directed, and edited three international award winning short films which screened at the Student Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the
Sundance Channel and Showtime. Samuel is a Top 10 Project Greenlight Director, personally selected by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, and a winner in Kevin Spacey's TriggerStreet.com short film contest.
Samuel sold a horror script to Stephan J. Cannell and has written several screenplays of varying genres and budgets, some projects to sell and other to produce and Direct independently. His scripts have been Quarterfinalists in the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, a Semifinalist in the Cannes Golden Plume Screenwriting Competition, and a Semifinalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition.
In television, Samuel's sci-fi pilot “The Farm” made the prestigious quarterly Blacklist. Samuel earned his MFA at David Lynch's Graduate School in Cinematic Arts, where he was honored to learn from a true film master while working on a collaborative TV/Web Series which also resulted in his most recent short film "No More Secrets".
Samuel Vartek with David Lynch while attending the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts.