Sam Irvin

Active - 1980 - 2014  |   Born - Jun 14, 1956 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Science Fiction

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  • A tour of Warner Brothers studios when he was 8 during which he witnessed the filming of a major set-piece from the adventure comedy The Great Race inspired him to want to be a movie director.
  • Worked at Irvin-Fuller Theatres, co-owned by his father, Sam Irvin Sr., throughout his youth in a variety of roles.
  • Edited and published Bizarre, a fanzine on fantasy, horror and science fiction films from 1972 to 1975
  • For Bizarre, he traveled to England to conduct in-person interviews with icons Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price among others.
  • Directorial debut, the 1985 dark comedy short Double Negative, which he also wrote and produced, premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Served as Vice President of Marketing for three film distributors: United Artists Classics, Spectrafilm, and Vestron, throughout the 1980's.
  • Dabbled in movie poster design and won Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards for designing the posters for Francois Truffaut's Confidentially Yours and Paul Verhoeven's The Fourth Man.