Samantha Sanders has written, produced and directed documentary programs for networks including National Geographic, The History Channel, MSNBC, A&E and PBS. Her films and screenplays have won awards internationally, including four regional Emmy awards. In 2018 Sanders co-produced the award-winning fiction feature film American Folk. She teaches film at Columbia College Chicago, where she received an MFA in filmmaking, and at DePaul University. She is a passionate landscape photographer whose love of shooting Lake Michigan (especially in the winter) drew her to this project. Recently, Samantha directed Swimming Through (Mountainfilm 2023).