BS logo 01-WEBSITE2.png

Video / Film Production & Post-Production

I  Our Film Catalog  I

About Us

Blue Suitcase is a full service production company founded by filmmakers David Hartstein and Sam Wainwright Douglas. With over twenty years of experience in the industry our team can execute a broad spectrum of projects whether it's feature documentary, long form narrative, brand films, explainer videos, corporate communications or virtual events.


David is an Emmy and Independent Spirit Award-winning feature film producer of documentary, fiction and commercials. Most recently, his narrative feature SISTER AIMEE (2019) premiered at Sundance and was later released theatrically and across digital platforms. David has previously been a producing fellow at the Biennale Cinema College in Venice, he has also proudly served on the Filmmaker Advisory Committee to the Austin Film Society. His credits include BARRACUDA (2017), THE HONOR FARM (2017), THE SENSITIVES (2017), THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE (2017) and WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM (2011), among others. David has produced and directed award winning sponsored content for clients such as WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, ORAL-B, TEXAS CHILDRENS’S HOSPITAL and INDEED. David is married to Emily Ramshaw, founder and CEO of The 19th.



Sam is a director and editor working in Austin, TX. Recently Sam directed HOT GREASE, a documentary film about the biodiesel industry for Discovery Channel. He directed THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE, which premiered in 2017 at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight in New York and then went on to South By Southwest, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and a national PBS broadcast. In 2016, Sam's film HONKY TONK HEAVEN premiered and won an audience award at South by Southwest, continued on to International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and was broadcast on PBS. Sam edited and produced NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY, a sports film about notorious Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Dock Ellis which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, screened theatrically and was broadcast on Showtime and ESPN Classics. Sam also edited and produced the PBS documentary LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101, which was executive produced by Johnny Depp. And, He directed the PBS documentary CITIZEN ARCHITECT: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RURAL STUDIO in 2010. He has also proudly served on the Filmmaker Advisory Committee to the Austin Film Society.



Shelby Hadden is a writer, producer, and documentary filmmaker whose films have screened at festivals around the world, including Annecy International Animated Film Festival, DOC NYC, and New Orleans Film Festival. She’s been featured on CBS's The Doctors and in publications such as Variety, Cosmopolitan, and IndieWire. Her latest work has focused on raising awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain — from publishing essays in BUST Magazine and Refinery29 to producing her award-winning short animated film, “Tightly Wound,” which was acquired by Condé Nast. An advocate for sex-positive culture/society, Shelby recently presented a TED Talk titled, “Why We All Lose When We Talk About Virginity” which argued for a more sex-positive framework for early sexual experiences. Her producing credits include co-producer on the New York Times Op Doc, "To Be Queen" and associate producer on SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2019. Shelby is currently a lecturer at Texas State University as well as a producer at Blue Suitcase.

BS logo 01-WEBSITE2.png