Independent feature film producer Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing. In March 2017, Franco was named to the Board of Directors for NewFilmakers L.A.
Franco has executive produced an impressive array of over twenty independent feature films including most recently, Guns, Girls and Gambling starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook which is quickly becoming a cult favorite. The film was released into theatres on December of 2012 and, in January 2013, acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures.
Other films Franco has produced include; Black Limousine starring David Arquette and Vivica Fox, Tooth and Nail starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, Paid starring Corbin Bernsen and, The Penitent Man starring Lance Henriksen. Franco also served as Executive Producer on the recent film festival darling Petunia starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.
His shingle Samaco Films is currently financing and producing a slate of several independent feature films, including Bless Me Father starring John Turturro, as well as a moving military drama titled Through my Daughter’s Eyes, and three psychological thrillers Stockholm, Séance, and Alexis Colette.
Samaco Films released two films last year. The first, The Livingston Gardner, stars James Kyson the beloved “Ando” from the NBC television hit series Heroes. The second, Three Days in Havana, stars Ally McBeal alum, Gil Bellows. Both films have been released through Samaco Films’ sister company, Synergetic Distribution and have been released via all digital and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms worldwide.
The company’s latest film is the highly-lauded WWI action thriller titled Game of Aces directed by Aussie Director Damien Lay and starring heartthrob and former American Pie star Chris Klein alongside Victoria Summer (Transformers: Age of Distinction) and Werner Daehn (Valkyrie, xXx).