Sami Sänpäkkilä completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tampere Polytechnic in 2005. He is a musician, film-maker and the head of Fonal Records. To date he has released five full length albums under the name Es and has played in various bands including Kiila, Kemialliset Ystävät and Tuusanuuskat. Sami has made short films, documentaries and music videos which have been screened in various museums, art galleries and film festivals around the world. The films and the music are experimental moodscapes that explore the themes of melancholy, pathos and hope. He is the cinematographer and editor of the Jussi-nominated feature film Samurai Rauni Reposaarelainen and director and cinematographer of the feature documentary The Goodiepal Equation.