global trailer film festival 2017 winning trailer
EMERGING ARTIST AWARD - FIRST PLACE OVERALL TRAILER WINNER
Type: Book Trailer
Producer: Samantha Smart
Director: Niki Smart
Writer: Niki Smart
Editor: Samantha Smart
Country of Origin: United States
Biography: Niki Smart
Niki Smart is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. Her memoir “Hell Camp” won an eLit Award, an invitation to read at the LA Times Festival of Books, made the Top Ten Best Seller list at LB-Books, and has garnered rave reviews on Amazon. Niki’s memoir has been adapted into a screenplay as is currently in development for the big screen.
Niki is also the Managing Editor for SoCal Magazine and herwritings have been published in numerous magazines/newspapers. She writes screenplays, plays music, teaches yoga and works part-time at a Crisis Intervention Shelter for emotionally disturbed teenagers. Niki is currently working on her second memoir.
For more information: www.nikismart.com
Biography: Samantha Smart
Samantha Smart is a film editor based in Los Angeles, California. After completing a B.A. in Film Production at San Francisco State University,she moved to LA and began her career as a trailer editor for Aspect Ratio Inc., where she worked on a wide variety of film and TV campaigns; including The Hobbit trilogy, The Hunger Games series, Netflix's Orange is the New Black, ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club, Enders Game, Kung-Fu Panda and many others.
Samantha then started her own editing business - Smart Films - and has worked on book trailers, sizzle reels, music videos, branded content, documentaries and feature films. Her latest documentary, When The Bough Breaks, premiered at the Dances With Films festival, and is currently available on Netflix.
Samantha was nominated for a Promax BDA Award (2015),won an eLit award for Hell Camp, and is currently working on two documentaries that will be released in 2018. She is an avid lover of sharks, her two cats, Vietnamese food, and the Fast and the Furious franchise.
To view some of her work, go to: www.sammysmart.com
Synopsis: “Hell Camp” is an award winning memoir written in a fast paced style with plenty of humor to help steer through the oft times brutal childhood of the author, Niki Smart. Growing up with a mother suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, meant that Smart’s childhood home, (aptly dubbed “Hell Camp” by her younger brother), was chaotic, violent, warped and flat out crazy. Smart’s mother crashed cars, attempted suicide, beat up the maid, extinguished cigarettes on herself, had hysterical rages, and eventually kidnapped the author's daughter. All this insanity is told against the backdrop of South Africa during the end-of-apartheid era; a time when the entire country was going insane. Moving through the mayhem and madness, the author arrives at a place of forgiveness and understanding granting the reader an uplifting ending and entertaining read.
Gaining high praise from readers, Hell Camp has been described as “Lacerating, raw, honest, and brave” by Wesley Strick, screenwriter of The Glass House; Cape Fear; Wolf; Nightmare on Elm Street. And John Parenti, creative counsel to Pulitzer winning author, JR Moehringer, and to tennis legend, Andre Agassi, had this to say about Hell Camp: "The most riveting, turbulent and redemptive literary ride since The Glass Castle; Smart has more than a compelling story, beyond stormy, it's so unbelievable, it must be true. She has the gift of expression. Like stones, you can feel her roll the words around in her hand and rearrange them for your pleasure. Pick this book up. This is a read that has no rivals”