Because of Sam is a new documentary film featuring Sam Piazza who has Down syndrome, that will transform how the world views people with disabilities, and inspire all people to pursue their dreams.
This movie shows how Sam overcame bullying, won Homecoming King at Gaither High School in Tampa, and is a staunch advocate for people with disabilities.
Because of Sam takes the audience on an engaging 50-minute ride through Sam’s life from birth to the current time where he works as a rock star employee at PDQ.
Over 900 people attended the first screening of Because of Sam on July 29, 2019 at the historic Tampa Theatre and the film was met with applause, a standing ovation, and rave reviews.
Because of Sam gives the audience the uplifting perspectives of people who have been impacted by him. Sam not only overcame tremendous obstacles but now works tirelessly as a volunteer for Best Buddies and Gigi’s Playhouse; and serves as an advisor to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Hear what Tampa Bay area leaders are saying about Because of Sam:
“Sam Piazza is a local hero. His story is worthy of national prominence.” ~Ken Hagan, County Commissioner, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida
“… congratulations on this important documentary that demonstrates the struggles and accomplishments of those with challenges, and it will certainly inspire others to be accepting, encouraging, and inclusive of everyone.” ~Tampa Mayor Jane Castor
“Film Tampa Bay, stands behind Renee, and will continue to champion Because of Sam.” ~Tyler Martinolich, Hillsborough County Film Commissioner (Film Tampa Bay)
“I congratulate you, Ms. Warmack, as a local independent filmmaker, having produced, directed and written the new documentary, Because of Sam, marking the challenges that Tampa native Sam Piazza faced…” ~Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr., County Commissioner, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida
“I applaud Renee and Sam for their determination to bring this story forward for the greater good. Because of Sam is not only a beautiful story but one that can change lives and families forever.” ~Kelley Parris, Executive Director, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida
Bring Because of Sam to your organization or city and help people:
- Get motivated by Sam’s inspirational story and take action to pursue their dreams
- Support and help empower people with disabilities
- Learn more about people with disabilities, Down syndrome and the importance of inclusion in the workplace
- Provide helpful information and encouragement to support families in their journey
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Renee Warmack, M.P.A.
Renee Warmack Productions, LLC