For our 1st show of 2017, we are thrilled to welcome screenwriter/actor Rajiv Shah (“Run the Tide”) and author/artist Sam Lamott (“Some Assembly Required” co-authored with Anne Lamott) to Chew On This Storytelling in virtual reality at AltSpaceVR.
To join us, please follow the AltSpaceVR link and choose your preferred way to join. There is a “2D” option for anyone who wants to join but doesn’t have a VR headset.
We will have a conversation about how writing allows us to show up in our lives, and what it does for others, as it translates via social media,the big screen or any other medium.
Meet Sam Lamott
Sam Lamott was born in San Francisco in 1989, and has been creating elaborate works of art since he was three years old. Raised primarily in Fairfax, California, he struggled with academics but thrived in art, passing math classes by drawing elaborate comics for the teacher in the margins of his homework and tests. What he lacked in scholarly discipline he more than made up for in bold unharnessed creativity, and chutzpah.
He went to three different high schools, graduating from Alldredge Academy in West Virginia, a high school for wayward teenagers, in 2006. He studied industrial design at San Francisco Academy of Art University.
He discovered sacred geometry while in school, and began to make a name for himself with large works utilizing metal, and stolen street signs from downtown San Francisco, the city he loves so much.
He has displayed his work in shows at the Drop Gallery, Barber Lounge, Ian Ross Gallery, and Gauntlet Gallery while doing private commissions.
Meet Rajiv Shah
RAJIV SHAH is an award-winning writer/filmmaker originating from the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley. Starting his career as a theatre actor, Rajiv’s experiences onstage ultimately shaped his voice as a writer. Rajiv is especially interested in telling stories relating to characters on the fringes, family dynamics, and growing up within uncommon communities in contemporary American society.
Rajiv’s first feature-length screenplay, RUN THE TIDE, was produced by 1821 Pictures and stars Taylor Lautner and Constance Zimmer. The screenplay for RUN THE TIDE won the Grand Jury Prize for Project Catalyst at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, was a finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Competition, and placed in the top 10% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
Most recently two of Rajiv’s screenplays, 808 and NORTHERN LIGHTS, were both selected to the final round of the 2016 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab. Additionally, 808 was also selected as an Emerging Narrative fellow at the IFP Film Market in New York.
Rajiv is an alumni of California Institute of the Arts and a graduate of San Francisco University.
Our audience will get a chance to ask questions as well. If you have a question for either Rajiv or Sam, feel free to send it in advance to ChewOnThisStorytelling (at) gmail (dot) com or tweet to us @chewonthisstory.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!