Sami is a recent graduate of the Documentary Director Conservatory Program at the New York Film Academy where he attended from 2013-2014. He has spent most of his free time pursuing this passion and traveling the globe documenting the changing underwater world. Sami has dived, photographed, and filmed underwater all around the world, from Norway to Mozambique, Fiji to Papua. He is honored to have dived with some of the best underwater photographers and preeminent authors and authorities in the field, including the National Geographic. His interest in the underwater world has sparked his desire to make documentaries about the oceans, including one on tuna fish to be released later this year.
He has also worked as a Director of Photography. Sami was the DP for a documentary film All in My Head that premiered at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States, in 2016. He has also shot commercial videos for companies such as Neste, Volvo, and Symbio. This year he worked with Prince Ea, a spoken word artist with a half a billion views to create content for Neste, one of the world’s leading renewable energy producers.
The Last Generation, directed by Sami Salmenkivi.
Hunt the oceans with a 12th generation fisherman in search of the great fish. After thousands of years of abundance, the blue fin tuna that has long fed Eric’s family now teeters on the verge of extinction, threatening to take traditional fishing cultures from Maine to Sardinia with it. Eric's daughter Annika would be the first tuna harpooning woman, if she continues the family tradition and the tuna population would bounce back.