“Sam spent his time whitewater kayaking around the world competing and filming in China, Chile, Costa Rica, and the United States”
Sam Fulbright is a freelance filmmaker from Chattanooga, TN. He grew up kayaking in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Sam spent his time whitewater kayaking around the world competing and filming in China, Chile, Costa Rica, and the United States. Kayaking sparked Sam’s interest in both film and environmentalism. He took part in his first film project at age seventeen titled Facing East, a film about the damming on the Yangtze River in China.
In 2013, Sam and his sister Kate directed and produced a climate change documentary, Shift | Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis. Since the making of Shift, he has spent far less time in his kayak and more time working on environmental justice. Sam was active in forming Charlotte Environmental Action, a climate justice organizing group focused on climate and energy issues in North Carolina.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Sam has returned to Tennessee after 9 years away. He is currently working as a program coordinator for Empower Chattanooga, focusing on energy issues and broader social justice issues in Chattanooga. He is looking forward to returning his focus towards video and film production around climate justice in the Southeast.