HALPERIN is a filmmaker from New
York City, currently living in Oakland, California. She has been making
short films and videos for queer youth since she was a queer youth and
has screened in more than 50 film festivals worldwide. "Uptown by Midnight"
is her debut feature length film. She received a BFA in film from Rhode
Island School of Design and an MFA in film from The California College
of Arts and Crafts.
"... She makes
her own worlds in films that range from sorrowful, poetic to bombastic,
incendiary, colorful and campy. But ever-present is a startling underlying
vulnerability that speaks, in the end, so clearly about human frailty
and the strange culture we inhabit. Ms. Halperin's Tumbleweed Town was
one of the more touching and funny things I've seen in years."
Uptown by Midnight
is a gawky, punk, teen dramedy set in New York City, 1984.
Brenda - 2001. Super-8 film transferred to Video. 2 min.
about time the homoeroticism of 90210 was brought to the forefront!"
Halperin's Sorry Brenda manipulates them (90210) with little resistance
into a brief, silent steamily atmospheric black-and-white bathroom shower
"In her stop-motion
short, Tumbleweed Town, Samara Halperin indulges her fondness for 70's
toys and the sight of two cowboys in love. It's a beautiful thing!."
Halperin's mesmerizing cowboy animation Tumbleweed Town."
Slumber Party - 16mm, Color, 4 min. 30 sec.1998
A short film about
betrayal, reconciliation, Cheetos and Joan Jett.
"Our favorite short"- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/99.
"I got a big
kick out of Samara Halperin's Shari Shapiro's Slumber Party. There's
nothing like a girlhood crush on Joan Jett to kick off a pop culture
Dog Kings - 1998. Video, running time ten minutes.
discretion is advised for the following five videos...Corn Dog Kings...Do
you really need the descriptions? You know you're going anyway."
Bait - 1992. 16mm film, running time ten minutes.
Prom I Never Had - 1990. 16mm film.