Jerry Jenae Sampson

Jerry Jenae Sampson

Screenwriter and Editor

Portland, Oregon

Member Since:
September 2016
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About Jerry

When I was five years old, I felt terror for the first time. As my sister turned on the film, she tossed little me a blanket and told me not to move or else. Being only five, and a good girl, I sat quietly, as little Georgie Denbrough followed his paper boat down the stream, into the gutter, and into the jaws of IT.
Later that night, I lay awake, shaking, because out of the corner of my eye I just knew the Clown stood in my doorway, ready to lead me out of the safety of my bed and down into the blackness of the sewers he called home.
Despite the overwhelming horror of that moment, I looked.
Thus began a lifetime of morbid curiosity, of insisting on turning over rocks no matter the creepy crawlers beneath, and staring down dark hallways, no matter the glowing eyes that surely there reside.
I first explored my own inner darkness in the 4th grade when, for an assignment at my Christian school, I wrote the chilling story of a maniac at an amusement park who methodically slaughters the unfortunate family who visits there. The school principle gave me a good spanking for that one, but I barely felt it. I only realized the ability my written word had to elicit a strong reaction from people who otherwise ignored me. My little imagination grew.
At 18, I took a solo road trip intended to focus on writing my first screenplay, as my obsession with film had grown right along with my dance with the macabre. Armed with American Spirits, my typewriter, and a wanderlust deep, I explored the twists of my mind and completed one whopper of a bad screenplay. But the important thing was that I finished, and was in love.
Since then, I have broken up and gotten back together with screenwriting, and we are now happily married, with three beautiful features completed and many more in the gestation period.
And always those dark places within my mind are kept happy and full, as I have made a special point to consistently and cruelly kill my darlings, over and over again.



    MOTEL Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller Drama A disturbed woman running from her violent past struggles to maintain control of her splintering mind after checking-in to an unsavory Motel.

  • The Killing Moon

    The Killing Moon Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller Drama A married man entangles himself into the life of his enticing younger co-worker upon realizing the hold her abusive father has over her, offering a dangerous solution to her problem.

  • In Dreams

    In Dreams Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A woman unable to cope with her grief struggles to grasp which of two realities is hers.


  • Pasadena International Film Festival Finalist

  • Pasadena International Film Festival Finalist

  • Oaxaca Film Festival Official Selection

  • Reel Time Finalist

  • Finish Line Quarterfinalist

  • Writer's Digest Annual Contest - Honorable Mention

  • Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Competition Finalist

  • First 10 Pages Script Contest Winner

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