Sam Dunn (Toronto)

Sam Dunn is an anthropologist and multiple award-winning documentary Filmmaker. Born in England, raised in Victoria, Canada, Sam earned his graduate degree at York University, Toronto, and then embarked on his first documentary film, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, which premiered at the Toronto International Film festival in 2005 and won a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Documentary. For Banger’s second documentary, Global Metal, Sam delved deeper into the subject, exploring the globalization of metal in China, Japan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, UAE and elsewhere.

For Iron Maiden: Flight 666, he spent seven weeks capturing the concert performances and behind the scenes lives of the world’s biggest metal band. The film screened in over 500 cinemas in 42 countries on ‘World Maiden Day’ becoming the largest-ever simultaneous documentary release, winning the 2009 SXSW Audience Choice Award and a Juno Award for Best Music DVD. His latest film, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, won the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award and a Juno, and was nominated for a Grammy. Most recently, Sam co-directed and hosted the biggest-ever documentary program on the history of heavy metal, Metal Evolution, which reached #1 on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada) and is airing on networks in the UK, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Sam has also directed several concert films (Joe Bonamassa, Rush) and is currently in post-production on two feature-length documentaries, as well as developing a 10-part documentary series on the history of hip-hop called Hip Hop Evolution.