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Cult Film Festival in Gdansk, Poland: Retrospective

Last June I was a guest of the 20th Cult Film Festival in the city of Gdansk in Poland. 4 movies I directed screened there (American Ninja 1 and 2, Breakin’ 2; Electric Boogaloo, Ninja 3 the domination) plus a documentary about Cannon film (Electric Boogaloo; The wild, untold story of Cannon Film) and there was a meet and greet event with enthusiasts and fans. It was a fantastic experience and great event. Thank you festival organizers and Polish fans for bringing me over and making sure my participation was pleasant



The Crowdfunding campaign on Kickstart for:

STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES: The Official Sam Firstenberg Book

is over! It excided its goal; 87 backers pledged €10,843 (more then $11,000) to help bring this project to life. Congratulation Marco Siedelmann and thanks to all our friends that helped promote the project and spread the word

A career-spanning interview book about the beloved Hollywood director Sam Firstenberg. A trip loaded with unique badass film history!

Artwork by Ralf Krause for the cover of a new book by Marco Siedelmann

Newly released soundtrack of Revenge of the Ninja
Contains original score elements as well as new content enhanced and remastered by Robert J. Walsh.

Newly released Blu-ray discs of American Ninja
They include an audio commentary track and the making of.. documentaries

The Jess Franko Award Plaque
The Jess Franko Award Plaque from the 2016 CUTRECON 5 Film Festival

Since 1980 Sam Firstenberg has been a success in the independent filmmaking field, as a director of feature films. Sam has directed 22 theatrical feature films since completing his graduate studies in film at Loyola Marymount University. His first film, "ONE MORE CHANCE," starring Kirsty Alley, won prizes in major film festivals, and sparked the beginning of his career as a director. Subsequent films have become commercial hits and cult classics, especially the "AMERICAN NINJA" series starring Michael Dudikoff and the breakdance phenomenal “ELECTRIC BOOGALOO”.

Sam Firstenberg has directed films ranging from musical to drama, comedy to action, sci-fi, thrillers and horror. Including special effects, complicated CGI, huge crowd scenes, elaborated chases, sophisticated action sequences, down to delicate dramatic moments. He spent several years as an in house director at Cannon Films, and his films have been distributed by Tristar, MGM, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. Through the years Firstenberg has worked with some of hollywood’s most highly regarded actors; Eric Roberts, Ice-T, Michael Madson, Kirsty Alley, Margaret Avery, Ernie Hudson, Hal Holbrook, Jeff Fahey, Robert Vaughn, Sean Young, Michael Dudikoff, John Rhys-Davies, Marc Dacascos, Grace Jones, Nick Cassevettes, Richard Moll, Dan Heday, Richard Kien and Seymour Cassel.

Born in Poland, grew up in Jerusalem, and obtained his higher education in Los Angeles, where he now resides with his wife and three daughters.

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