Sam Carter has been making films since he was a teenager. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003, Sam began working in independent film as everything from a 2nd Assistant Director to a Special FX Makeup Artist. In 2009, Sam directed his first short film, a horror movie for kids entitled, “Beast of Burden”. After the success of this project, which screened at several festivals both nationally and internationally, Sam teamed up with Beau Brown and Darrell Hazelrig and formed what is now The New Puppet Order. Sam has served as everything from a producer, writer, and director to a production designer, makeup artist, puppeteer, puppet builder and voice over actor in the NPO’s collected body of work. Recently, Sam fulfilled a lifelong dream of directing his first feature film, a dark comedy called “Good Grief Suicide Hotline”. Sam lives in Atlanta with his wife, daughter, and their three dogs.
Beau is a puppet builder, puppeteer, and director. He began his career in the world of puppetry as an intern at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta GA his senior year of high school. He went on to become a staple of the Atlanta Puppet Slam scene performing at Puppet Slam at Dad’s Garage Theater and then later taking the reigns as producer of The Puckin’ Fuppet Show, Atlanta’s second puppet slam. He has curated and hosted the 2011 and 2012 National Puppet Slam. He joined the New Puppet Order with Shadow Puppets as lead puppet builder and puppeteer for the character Schnick. From there he continued to serve as the puppet arm of the New Puppet Order as lead puppet builder and lead puppeteer for A Dark Companion, performing the dual roles of Howard and the Dark Companion. He took the New Puppet Order in new direction with his writing and directorial debut in The Wind Up Boy which he co-directed with Darrell Hazelrig. He brought the incredibly talented Scott Fensterer aboard to create the Wind Up Boy and would later bring Scott back as lead puppet builder for he and Darrell’s second co-directing effort, the greek epic, Maiden to Monster.
Darrell C. Hazelrig
Darrell is a writer, director and film producer based in Atlanta, GA. He began writing and directing films at the age of twelve. After graduating in 1999 from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video, he made his film festival debut with the 2003 film, The Business. In 2005, his autobiographical short film, Airband was an Official Selection of several festivals, including the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, and went on to win the ACE award at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. He followed this success with 2008’s experimental short film Therapy which played the festival circuit across North America from 2008 – 2010. Darrell then began an ongoing relationship with the Atlanta puppet community, becoming a founding member of the New Puppet Order, and contributing to the puppet oriented films Shadow Puppets (2010, as Director of Photography) and The Wind Up Boy (2011, as co-director) as well as creating his own puppet film, The Dark Companion which made its film festival debut at the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival, and went on to win Best Film at the 2012 Laugh Track Comedy Film Festival in Denver, CO as well as receive as Special Jury Citation at the 2013 Oxford Film Festival. Hazelrig directed the latest NPO short film Ed is a Portal which debuted at the 2013 XPT showcase at the Center for Puppetry Arts.