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Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Sam Borowski sold his first option in 1999 and attended the Cannes Film Festival. Borowski went on to produce six films - including two shorts - with another feature on the way. He directed and produced the much-anticipated feature film, "Night Club (2011)." Before that, Borowski wrote, produced and directed, "The Mandala Maker", a short...Read More.

Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Sam Borowski sold his first option in 1999 and attended the Cannes Film Festival. Borowski went on to produce six films - including two shorts - with another feature on the way. He directed and produced the much-anticipated feature film, "Night Club (2011)." Before that, Borowski wrote, produced and directed, "The Mandala Maker", a short for Academy- Award consideration in 2010 that got considerable Oscar buzz. The film went on to qualify for the Oscars. To date, it garnered seven  award s over eight festivals, including three in the prestigious Accolade competition (for Direction, Short Film and Lead Actress). It also played in the prestigious Film Columbia Festival, in a block alongside 2010 Academy- Award Best Picture nominees, "Precious" and "Up In The Air." One of the features he produced, Rex (2008), experienced quite a bit of success on the festival circuit, winning numerous award s and honors. As the producer of Rex, Borowski was award ed the Audience Choice Award in both the SINY Film Festival in Staten Island, and the 25th Long Island Film Festival in 2008. In addition, Rex was nominated for Best Picture in both of those festivals, as well as several other award s. It also captured Breakout Performance for Acting (Robin Anne Phipps) in the Long Island Film Festival and Best Actress (Robin Anne Phipps) and Best Actor (Eric Rosenberg) honors in the 2008 Queens International Film Festival, and played in the 2009 Traildance Film Festival in Oklahoma. Interestingly enough, Borowski was responsible for casting Rex, and handpicked both Phipps and Rosenberg, who each won acting award s. He also selected all of the music, which included that of Empire City Motorcade, whom Associate Producer Eric Rosenberg lobbied hard for, and used his style and sensibility while sitting in editing every day as the Post-Production Supervisor. Borowski also served as a Second-Unit Director on Rex, directing several key scenes including the climactic and shocking ending. He previously wrote and produced the feature-length documentary, "Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man", which features Academy- Award Winner Benicio Del Toro and is narrated by A-lister Keith David. The film, tells the story of the era surrounding the creation and distribution of the innovative horror film, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and its impact on the genre. He also produced, wrote and directed the feature film, Karloff and Me, about a modern-day thespian,attempting to make it later in life like his idol, Boris Karloff. It features the talents of Academy- Award Nominees Peter Bogdanovich and Gloria Stuart, among others. In addition, Borowski has also worked as a script doctor for both studios and independent film companies. He previously lived in London, England for three years, but resides once again in Staten Island, New York.

  • Location: New York, NY
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July 31st, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – ACTORS & FILMMAKERS: MAKE IT HAPPEN ON YOUR OWN! CREATE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES!

Welcome back - everyone. I wanted to give everyone a chance to read my Ernie Borgnine tribute, as you all know what he meant to me. Being a close friend of his, and getting work with a Living Legend, was - and stil is - one of the great thrills of my career and life. Now, on to new business. And, this next bit of advice that will make up the...


July 10th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – ERNEST BORGNINE: THEY DON’T MAKE ‘EM LIKE THAT ANYMORE

Award-Winning Director, Sam Borowski (R in red shirt) goes over the script for NIGHT CLUB with Academy-Award Winning actor Ernie Borgnine in between set-ups on the set of NIGHT CLUB. (Photo COPYRIGHT The NAOJ Company).   Playing Henry The Records Keeper in the movie, “RED,” Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine exclaims, “Yeaaaa, They don’t...


June 30th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – FILMMAKERS YOU WILL NEVER HAVE THIS CHANCE AGAIN!

From L to R, Producer/Actor Bill Sorvino consults with Award-Winning Writer-Director/Producer Sam Borowski and Writer/Producer Lisa Buffington (R) as they check out the RED EPIC camera while setting up on the set of the film, POLLINATION *. No doubt, the use of this camera, the tight script or the actors Sorvino and Federico Castelluccio,...


June 8th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – BE THE NEXT SAMANTHA TUFFARELLI

PHOTO CAPTION: Samantha Tuffarelli struts her stuff on WB Television's "GOSSIP GIRL."   So, I was mulling several ideas for my next BLOG when this one just came to me. It should come as no surprise as I’ve mentioned this person many times before, however, for good reason. And, I will continue to mention her until I’m blue in the face for...


May 30th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – THIS CAREER IS NOT A PART-TIME THING

Caption: This career may not be a part-time thing, but the sacrifices are well worth it for moments like this when you get to see your film's title on the electronic scrolling marquee, just as Sam Borowski did here with Night Club at a beautiful multiplex at the Newport Beach Film Festival.   So, as I came home Monday night on Memorial...


May 21st, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – ACTORS AND FILMMAKERS – YOU MUST BOTH “BRAND” YOURSELVES TO BE SUCCESSFUL

    PHOTO TAGS: Samantha Tuffarelli putting her best Brand forward, as she uses her “other” skill dancing, in the television pilot, “SUPERFANS.” Daniel McQueary, holding the Chris Caddel Flatland Filmmaker Award for “ALFRED THINKS WE’RE ALIENS,” at the Flatland Film Festival inLubbock,Texas.   This BLOG applies to both filmmakers...


May 14th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – THE THING YOU LEAST EXPECT TO HELP YOU COULD BE YOUR BREAK

    (Caption: Award-Winning Filmmaker Sam Borowski is flanked by legendary producer Sam Sherman (L) and his wife Linda Sherman (R). )   In past BLOGS, we’ve spoken about burning bridges and networking for success. And doing the “bare minimum,” to ensure success. Now, let’s take it a step further: the thing that you least expect to be...


May 6th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – ‘SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR OR FILMMAKER? DO THE BARE MINIMUM

  (Caption: Award-Winning filmmaker and ForTalent Industry Insider, Sam Borowski (R) at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in April with talented actress and his next great success story, Samantha Tuffarelli.)   I once heard a homily from a Priest that I will never forget. Took place I believe on Ash Wednesday, which in...


April 18th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? – WHEN YOU REFUSE TO LEARN, THE BRIDGES WILL BURN

Remember, the Disney World ride, “IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL?” Well, I can promise you that same theme holds true for the entertainment business. It’s an extremely small business and word gets around. Now, I believe when the bad word spreads, Hollywood does LOVE comebacks and anything – to some extent...


March 20th, 2012 Comments

What MAKES Sammy Run? - NETWORK FOR SUCCESS

       (PHOTOS from TOP TO BOTTOM: Award-Winning Director Sam Borowski (R), Academy-Award Nominated actress Sally Kellerman (C) and cinematographer Bill Schweikert (L) pose on the red carpet at the sold-out World Premiere of NIGHT CLUB at the 2011 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL. Borowski, also an award-winning writer, leads...


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