- Discipline:Director, Writer
- Program Year:Directing Lab 2010, Fast Track 2009, Grants and Awards 2010
A native of North Carolina and the only half-Chinese girl in her high school class, Sasie Sealy started making films while still an undergrad at Yale, where her sketch comedy training and study under photographer Gregory Crewdson birthed the Super 8 film Big Head and a lifelong addiction to filmmaking. Her short film The Elephant Garden won a National Board of Review award and the Student Visionary Award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, making her a two-time Tribeca winner. Her previous short Dance Mania Fantastic won at Tribeca in 2005 and returned in 2006 as part of the +5 “Best Of” Retrospective. Dance Mania Fantastic has also been included as part of the IFP Buzz Cuts series, broadcast by the Australian SBS network, and screened at numerous festivals around the world. Sealy also co-directed the feature documentary When The Season Is Good with fellow filmmaker Andrew MacLean; the film premiered at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and was acquired by ARTE, European Public Television. She is an alumna of the NYU graduate film program, where she was a recipient of the New York Women in Film and Television Scholarship and the Steven J. Ross Fellowship. Sealy was a semi-finalist for the Netflix FIND Your Voice contest, in addition to participating in FIND’s Directors Lab and Fast Track with SarahN_12.