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Rev. Samuel was born in Upstate New York in a city that he hated but could never seem to leave. He went through several majors until he left a two-year school with no degree, and a long history of drug use and criminal activity (most of which was undiscovered). In the meantime, he taught himself graphic design and started doing work for other local artists. He ended up where all frustrated artists end up: Kinko's. He then became known among the artist elite as the man to go to. Not only did he know all the machines thoroughly, he gave huge discounts without his owner knowing. He founded a 'zine that published for four years and cost nothing. It was included as part of a Boise State University exhibit of outstanding zine work. He left Kinko's after he could learn and steal no more. He went to work as a full time graphic designer for a business communications company. He then learned what became his first rule of business: Whatever you do for money you will end up hating.

Somewhere along the way, he became an ordained minister. And a doctor. But he hardly ever brags about it.

Then he switched jobs again to work for an Internet design company, becoming their first graphic designer. This company went on to become the largest Internet only design company in Upstate New York, which still doesn't mean you've heard of it. He's still there, where he won an Addy for a website he designed in 1999.

By 1999 he was bored with Internet design and decided to try digital video. He made a short movie which was shown at ImageOut The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival.

Based on this work he was offered the chance to help shoot a music video that was played on CNN and broadcast in England, Spain and Italy. The band asked him to assist on a movie it had been developing for five years. At the end of the project, he had not only shot most of the footage but was given Producer and Co-Director credit. The movie, Where is the Chesterfield King?, premiered at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and came out on Home video September 20, 2001. He plans on shooting the Kings' Next video in the fall of 2002. Currently, he has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the safety of marijuana use and is working on the first script for a video trilogy. His second rule of business is: Just because my client is a non-profit, doesn't mean I am.

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