THE SAMUEL PROJECT
Playing, Oct 12-18 at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood
The comedic drama The Samuel Project is about a teenager (Ryan Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior year art project. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the teen discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a
young woman when he was a boy. After hesitating, Samuel finally agrees to tell his story for the project—a story he hasn’t told in over 75 years. In the end Eli’s project makes the finals
in a countywide art showcase where he unveils his animated short ‘The Samuel Project’ with
the help of his unlikely friend Kasim, an electric guitar wielding school misfit. And after decades, three generations of Eli’s family finally connect with one another.
“‘The Samuel Project’ touches the heart.”
– Los Angeles Times