Sean Hanley


Sean Hanley

Sean Hanley is a non-fiction filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His short experimental works have screened at various venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Art, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the Aurora Picture Show, and UnionDocs. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Emerson College in Boston, MA and is an MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York, NY.

Sean was a cinematographer and co-producer on Lynne Sachs’ Your Day is My Night (2013), which screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Images Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the REDCAT Theater, Anthology Film Archives, the Pacific Film Archive and the Vancouver International Film Festival among others. He recently collaborated with Sachs again on Tip of My Tongue which premiered as the closing night film of the 2017 Documentary Fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art.

From 2011-2014 & 2016, he was part of the seasonal staff of the Flaherty Film Seminar coordinating print traffic and artist travel. From 2012-2015 he was the Assistant Director of Mono No Aware, a non-profit cinema arts organization hosting filmmaking workshops and an annual exhibition of expanded cinema.


Project Highlights

Aw Shucks, Segundo!

Segundo has just 60 seconds to shuck as many oysters as he can! An attempt at a contemporary actuality film inspired by those made at the turn of the 20th century.

Living Fossil

Springtime along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, thousands of horseshoe crabs spawn on beaches under the glow of the full moon. This is just a brief glimpse into a 450 million year old ritual.