Because of Sam is a new documentary film featuring Sam Piazza who was born with Down syndrome, that transforms how the world views people with disabilities, and inspires all people to pursue their dreams.
The Because of Sam Educational Programs are great for empathy and inclusion workshops for staff, employee Lunch ‘n Learns, or student enrichment.
These are In-Person “COVID19 Protocol Compliant” Screenings and Talks Presented by the Movie’s Producer, Renee Warmack, Sam Piazza, and others that include a Because of Sam Discussion Guide for your group.
“To other employers, I would say, look at Sam, and look at what he has meant to our company.” ~Bob Basham, PDQ and Outback Co-Founder
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Thank you for your interest in bringing Because of Sam to your organization.
Your organization will benefit because the movie:
- Inspires You to Have Courage and Dream Big…
Because of Sam will inspire the viewer to dream big! Sam Piazza is an inspirational, courageous young man, who happens to have Down syndrome. Sam doesn’t let his disability define him and he encourages everyone to pursue their goals. Sam says, “If you have passion, you can do great things.”
- Fosters Understanding and Acceptance…
Often times people overlook the “A-bilities” of people who have intellectual developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome. By watching Because of Sam, people get to know the inspirational, Tampa native, PDQ employee, and Gaither High School Homecoming King, Sam Piazza. They will learn that people should not be defined by their disabilities, and will in turn become more accepting of others.
- Provides Resources and Support…
Because of Sam highlights the services and supports that help Sam Piazza maximize his potential. Viewers will hear directly from Sam’s loving family members who share how each of them reacted to having a son and brother with Down syndrome… and how they have encouraged Sam throughout his life.
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 others are saying about Because of Sam:
“I loved it! So uplifting! Truly inspiring!” ~Suzanne McCormick, US President, YMCA
“Well done, exceptional, inspiring. You did an amazing job. It turned out beautifully. From our hearts, thank you for telling our story.” ~ Ruth Piazza, Sam’s Mother
“… 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
“Be prepared to be wowed… because it’s something very special and something much needed, especially in the world today. We need to put as many positive stories out there as we possibly can and definitely need to highlight as many heroes as we can and my man, Sam, is definitely a hero.” ~WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil
“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
“Sam Piazza is a local hero. His story is worthy of national prominence.” ~Ken Hagan, County Commissioner, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida
“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
Bring Because of Sam to your organization or city and help individuals and families:
- Get motivated by Sam’s inspirational story and take action to pursue their dreams
- Learn more about people with disabilities, Down syndrome, and the importance of inclusion in the workplace
- Get resources and supports
Note: Prices may vary depending upon the organization, location, on-site technical accommodations, and other considerations.
Please allow up to 24 hours for our team to respond.
If you have questions, please contact Producer, Director, and Writer of Because of Sam: Renee Warmack at ReneeWarmackProductions@yahoo.com or at (813) 610-3132 for more information.
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