Starring: Ian Buchanan

Director: Sheri Sussman

Screenplay by: Sheri Sussman

Executive Producers: Ian Buchanan, Sheri Sussman

DP: Justin Janowitz 

Location: The Mint LA

"Sam's Place" is a feature film that follows a man who thought he had everything lined up perfectly, but when his life suddenly unravels, he struggles to deal with the loss of control over his world. In the vein of classics such as: Fellini's "La Dolce Vita"; "Save the Tiger"; and "Casablanca", the film watches a man reflect on his life and the choices he's made, as he contemplates his future. 

Script/Budget/Shooting schedule & breakdown available upon request. 


"Sam's Place" is based on the award winning short film/proof of concept, "Shutter the Doors", starring Ian Buchanan ("Twin Peaks") & Billy Wirth ("The Lost Boys") that was In Consideration for Best Live Action Short 2022. 


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Sheri Sussman was a writer on the critically acclaimed independent feature film, "MACARTHUR PARK", directed by Billy Wirth which premiered at Sundance and is distributed by The Sundance Channel.  She has written, directed, and/or produced award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Sheri is a judge for the prestigious PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. She's fortunate to have worked with a vast array of respected veterans and upcoming talent in the entertainment industry. Sheri is also the founder of Spiral Gate Productions.

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(Actor/Executive Producer)       


Award winning actor Ian Buchanan has appeared in motion pictures, guest starred on television dramas and comedies, and played iconic roles on a host of daytime dramas that have brought him a worldwide audience.  He has starred in both classic and modern plays in England and the US. He is currently a member of The Citizen's Band, an avant-garde cabaret collective of international performance artists, reminiscent of the Weimar Era, whose acclaimed theatrical presentations deal with current and controversial political, religious and social themes.


Television guest starring roles in "Nip/Tuck," "Alias," "Hope and Faith," "Charmed," "Yes, Dear," "On The Air," "On The Air," "Quantum Leap," It's The Gary Shandling Show," "Stargate," "Raising Dad," Berkeley Nunn:  Hollywood Detective," "Nash Bridges," and "The Norm Show," and he was a cult favorite in "Twin Peaks," among many others. Buchanan is familiar to audiences worldwide for his starring roles on "The Bold and The Beautiful," for which he received an Emmy Award, "General Hospital," "All My Children," and "Port Charles." Film roles include memorable appearances in "Mate," "Panic Room," "Lying in Wait," "Double Exposure," "The Cool Surface”, and “The Seventh Sign”.


Born in Scotland, Buchanan resides in Southern California.

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(Director of Photography)


Director of Photography Justin Janowitz recently shot the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary “Blood Brothers: Malcom X & Muhammed Ali”, as well as Hulu’s docuseries “City of Angels/City of Death.” He also was the DP on many episodes of the UNSOLVED MYSTERIES reboot for Netflix. He also lensed the documentary THE WIZRD, chronicling rap super-star “Future” which was released by Apple Music in 2019.


Justin’s feature films that he DP’d include: A RECKONING with Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Terminator) and ALONE WE FIGHT with Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, Major League, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Short films Justin shot have gathered acclaim and awards nationally and internationally including Oscar qualifying films JUSTICE FOR VINCENT, and THE GERMAN KING and SHUTTER THE DOORS.


Brand clients include Cadillac, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Geico, Honda, Infiniti, Live Nation, LA Galaxy, SONY/NBC, and more.

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Ian Buchanan (Still from "Shutter the Doors")
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Ian Buchanan (Still from "Shutter the Doors")
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Ian Buchanan, Billy Wirth (Still from "Shutter the Doors")
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Location - THE MINT LA (Still from "Shutter the Doors")
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