BLACK HAT: At first blush, Samuel is a pious Hasidic man leading a fairly simple life. By day he dutifully prays at the local synagogue and manages a busy dry cleaner. But when his wife and two young children leave town for a few days, Shmuel will step out of his simple daily life and into a more complex world light by the night. When he misplaces his black hat along the way, Shmuel’s two lives will interconnect in a way never expected.
Sarah Smith: Director
Sarah Smith is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker and television producer. She is the co-creator and director of the web series Tender Touches, which won 1st place at the 2018 AT&T create-a-thon. In 2015 she debuted her award-winning short film D.Asian which went on to screen at over 35 festivals across the globe. Sarah was also awarded the 2017 AT&T Underrepresented Filmmaker Award for D.Asian, presented by Patty Jenkins. Sarah has written for The Young & the Restless, where she and her team won a WGA award for outstanding scripted daytime drama in 2013. In addition to her writing and directing work, Sarah has edited numerous music videos, short films, and the two feature films Saint Janet and Armless (an official selection to the NEXT category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival). Sarah’s latest short film, Black Hat, was an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival as well as the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, amongst others. Sarah is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.