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All my films and accomplishments

40% of our budget was crowdfunded via 

June 2nd, 2023

Passion Fruit: Nick's Story

UNRATED: Drug use, language, and brief horror violence

43 minutes | Drama, Horror, Thriller | Budget: $10,000

Nick is filled with guilt; he wanders the outskirts of society when a local shop owner tells him to seek answers in the woods near town. 

Written, Directed, and Produced by Samuel Ashkenazy

Stars Lorenzo Kortright, Abby Gumpper, Sami Lemza, & Lee Simmons


Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit is a feature length screenplay I wrote in the winter of 2021 | Drama, Thriller, Horror 

A group of college-age friends find what they suspect is the tree of life; their lust for the tree's powerful fruit exposes their own rotten cores. 


  • Best Horror Screenplay - New York International Film Awards (NYIFA)

  • Best Feature Screenplay - Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA)

  • [Exceptional Achievement] Best Writer - Multi-Dimension International Film Festival (MDIFF)

  • [Exceptional Achievement] Best Unproduced Script - Multi-Dimension International Film Festival (MDIFF)

  • Best Unproduced Script - Airflix Film Festival 


I dream of making Passion Fruit a reality one day; our most recent film Nick's Story gives you a taste of what could be. 


I self-produced this during my first year of college. A learning curve for us all, this was many of our first experiences on a semi-professional set. Despite it's amateur approach, we're all still very proud of what we accomplished. 

January 3rd, 2019


UNRATED: Drug use, language, some frightening and intense scenes | 18 minutes | Horror, Thriller | Budget: $8,000

Two clubgoers return home to experiment with a new street drug and are met with horrifying and violent effects. 

Written, Directed, and Produced by Samuel Ashkenazy

Stars: Gino Cruz, Danielle Pafundi

Coming Soon


Stand up and look forward. Updates coming soon.

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