“Despite its flaws, The Samuel Project is likely to make an impact on open-hearted audiences, with extra credit due Linden for an authentic performance in line with the actor’s body of work.” – Los Angeles Times
Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy.
With over ten years of experience in film, Marc Fusco moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Film and a Minor in Psychology. Marc Co-Produced & Directed the award-winning Feature Film, AFTER ROBERTO, released in 2005 and filmed in Northern Italy. With a foundation in development, he served as the Executive Assistant to Anne Kopelson of Kopelson Entertainment. Marc has worked as a Producer, Production Manager, 1st & 2nd A.D., Production Coordinator, and Art Department Coordinator for both Studio and Independent projects. Most notably, in the Art Dept. for two Will Ferrell Features, SEMI PRO & STEP BROTHERS. Marc most recently served as Assistant Director/Associate Producer on the Horror Feature Film DEAD SEASON. He is a member of good standings with Local 871 IATSE as a Production & Art Dept. Coordinator and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in Film. His most notable award was his honorary induction into the Art, Literature & Culture Society of Genoa, Italy.