Sam Pillsbury

Director
Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, but at age 14, he moved to New Zealand. In his early 20s, Pillsbury joined the country's National Film Unit, working among a group of ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (27)

Endless Bummer 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

National Lampoon Presents: Surf Party 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Where the Red Fern Grows 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Crooked Earth 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Morgan's Ferry 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Secret of Giving 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

Free Willy 3: The Rescue 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Search For Grace 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Zandalee 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Starlight Hotel 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Scarecrow 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Birth 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

A Mother's Instinct (TV Show)

Director

Audrey's Rain (TV Show)

Director

Between Love and Honor (TV Show)

Director

Fifteen and Pregnant (TV Show)

Director

Into the Badlands (TV Show)

Director

Knight Rider 2010 (TV Show)

Director

Raising Waylon (TV Show)

Director

Shadows of Desire (TV Show)

Director

Sins of Silence (TV Show)

Director

Taking Back Our Town (TV Show)

Director

The President's Child (TV Show)

Director

The Wedding Dress (TV Show)

Director

Thrill (TV Show)

Director

Visions of Terror (TV Show)

Director
Writer (4)

Endless Bummer 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where the Red Fern Grows 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Quiet Earth 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scarecrow 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Against the Law 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Producer

The Quiet Earth 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Scarecrow 1981 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)

Numero Bruno 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, but at age 14, he moved to New Zealand. In his early 20s, Pillsbury joined the country's National Film Unit, working among a group of progressive-minded young filmmakers. During the late '70s, he specialized in documentary features, including his acclaimed '78 film, "Birth with R.D. Laing", which examined the often controversial practices of R.F. Laing, a psychiatrist from Scotland. In 1982, Pillsbury transitioned over to traditional features, debuting with "The Scarecrow", a mysterious horror film adapted from a novel by Kiwi author Ronald Hugh Morrieson--notably, it was the first New Zealand-produced film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Pillsbury's career throughout the '80s and beyond followed a strange, eclectic trajectory: In 1988, he directed the Depression-era drama "Starlight Hotel", which starred a young Greer Robson; and in the '90s, Pillsbury helmed a variety of projects, none of which seem to be the work of the same director. In 1991, he directed a goatee-sporting Nicolas Cage in the poorly received romantic thriller "Zandalee", and in 1997, he turned toward family-oriented fare, directing the adventure sequel "Free Willy 3: The Rescue". Pillsbury worked on several projects early in the 2000s, including "Where the Red Fern Grows", a sweet-natured Disney re-make of the classic Wilson Rawls novel. After a five-year absence from the film industry, he returned in 2009 to helm the largely ignored comedy "Endless Bummer".

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