Talent Guide

Heidi Saman

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2017


Heidi Saman was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch in 2014. Saman attended the University of California, San Diego where she studied World Literature and Gender Studies. Upon graduation, she moved to Cairo, Egypt where she was a freelance journalist for The Cairo Times News Magazine. In 2007, Saman completed a master’s degree in Film and Media Arts on a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her thesis film, The Maid (il Shaghala) premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and went on to screen at numerous festivals worldwide, including Dubai, Slamdance, and IndieMemphis. Namour, her first feature film, was developed with the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Workshop, and was the recipient of a Panavision New Filmmaker Grant and a Knight Foundation Grant. Currently she is an associate producer for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Current Project



Steven Bassem is a young man going nowhere. His job as a valet driver for a fashionable restaurant brings him into regular contact with LA's moneyed elite and their expensive automobiles, but Steven can't shake the feeling that his temporary gig is somehow turning into his future. When Steven's mother (Layla) announces that she's selling the house --- the only home Steven has ever known --- because they can no longer afford it, Steven's behavior starts to change in strange ways.