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Sean Kaminsky, Founder

Michael “Sean” Kaminsky is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His experience includes writing, directing, shooting, producing and editing. The body of Sean’s work has tackled a broad range of topics – from social to political – while telling impactful stories that engage and entertain.

Recent projects include “Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds”, an upcoming feature-length documentary that looks at the all too often overlooked and underappreciated foundation of our food supply – seeds. His book, “Naked Lens”, teaches readers how to use video blogging and video journaling for self-exploration (available at Amazon.com). It has been included in the curriculum of the New York Institute of Photography. His book on 3D Video, “Shoot 3D Video LIke a Pro” is taught at Florida State University.

Other projects include an investigative segment on the separation of church and state for the award-winning PBS TV series, “In The Life”, an experimental short film on Zen enlightenment titled “One Word or Less” commissioned by the Tate Museum for their public lecture series. In the corporate field, he directed a series of CEO testimonials on locations throughout Asia for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. Sean’s broadcast TV credits include directing four episodes of the acclaimed MTV/LOGO show “Be Real” in its second season. He also shot several segments for “Be Real”. His short film series, “Save the Slogan” was included as part of Robert Redford’s “Green” programming launch on Sundance Channel. “Save the Slogan” looks at the surprising and little known history of slogans turned clich├ęs such as ‘Save the Whales’ and ‘Hug a Tree’ while performing emergency pop culture CPR to revive them.

Also for Sundance Channel, his short series “Green Man”, visits artists at the Burning Man Festival who incorporated the environmental theme in their art work in unexpected ways. Sean was both director and D.P. for “Green Man”. In collaboration with ThinkFilm and Sundance Channel, Sean directed, produced and edited “Gifted and Challenged: the Making of Shortbus”. “Gifted and Challenged” examines the intersection of sex and art as it captures the making of John Cameron Mitchell’s ground breaking and controversial film, “Shortbus”, over a challenging three year period.

Other producing credits include “Too Hot Not to Handle”, an HBO feature documentary on global warming executive produced by Laurie David and Joseph Lovett that was broadcast in 2006. He also produced the theatrically released documentary, “Gay Sex in the 70s”. The award-winning film captures a frequently overlooked period in history: New York during the decade of gay liberation after the Stonewall riot and before AIDS. “Gay Sex in the 70s” played in over thirty cities nationwide to widespread acclaim and strong box office numbers. Further corporate experience includes producing and directing several videos for LPL Financial as well as training and media consultation for clients ranging from PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pepsico to HBO online.

Sean lives in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn not far from the world’s most underrated canal, the Gowanus. He began using his middle name “Sean” while living in an artist’s collective in the Mission district of San Francisco in the mid-nineties…there were four other Michaels. He has his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a Masters in Media and Communication from the European Graduate School in Switzerland.