Sam Osborn

Alejandra Vasquez and Sam Osborn are Mexican-American filmmakers based in Los Angeles. Going Varsity in Mariachi, their debut feature-length film as co-directors, was given the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

Their 2022 short Folk Frontera was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Texas Short at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and was presented by Independent Lens and PBS. Other short works include Varsity Oro for Pop-Up Magazine, Night Shift, a four-part docuseries about those who work the graveyard shift, and Eating, a 10-episode docuseries for Topic. Sam’s debut feature-length documentary, Universe, about Wallace Roney, the only protege of Miles Davis, was awarded Best Music Documentary by the International Documentary Association in 2020. His short film, Language Keepers, a hybrid documentary project meant to help sustain the endangered Athabaskan language of Gwich’in, premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Alejandra is at work on a multi-year project entitled When It’s Good, It’s Good about her hometown with support from IF/Then Shorts, the International Women’s Media Foundation and Latino Public Broadcasting. Alex has also cut her teeth working on the production teams for the award-winning features Matangi/Maya/M.I.A (Sundance 2018, dir. Steve Loveridge) and Us Kids (Sundance 2020, dir. Kim Snyder), along with two upcoming projects directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Nanfu Wang. She and Sam are Logan Nonfiction Fellows, Film Independent Docuseries Fellows, and IF/Then South Shorts Residents.