Sam Bathrick began his career as a refugee caseworker in West Africa, interviewing survivors of war- a job that would ignite his passion for human stories. He fell in love with New York while producing "Run For Your Life", a doc about the enigmatic founder of the NYC Marathon and spent some wild years chasing musicians through the streets of cities like Tokyo, Istanbul and Miami for the PBS travel series "Music Voyager." In 2017 he directed his first feature documentary "200 Miles", a Tribeca Film Festival premiere about a seemingly impossible run. Sam lives in Brooklyn, is a father, husband, and partner at Resonant Pictures.
Speech is an award winning artist, consistently pushing the artistic and social envelope. He, is the leader of the 2x Grammy Award winning hip-hop collective, Arrested Development.
He and the group have been a ground-breaking force in Hip-hop culture since
91. Their debut album, “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of...” (EMI), sold
over 4 million albums, earned them two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best
Rap Single (Tennessee), 2 MTV awards, (People Everyday), a Soul Train Music Award,
and the coveted NAACP Image Award. Rolling Stone magazine named them Band of
The Year (92), while VH-1 named them one of the greatest Hip-hop artists of all time!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even named the AD smash “Tennessee” one of the 500
Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
Speech has continued to be a trailblazer with the group and as a solo artist sharing
stages with Nelson Mandela, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Hilary Rodham Clinton and
Barack Obama, he is the categorical definition of legendary.