Brooklyn Based Filmmaker

Sean Mannion has been producing films, videos, and podcasts since 2008. His work has screened at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, Cucalorus, IndieWorks, The New York Television Festival, Channel 101 NY, The Long Island International Film Expo, IndieBoom!, The Ax Wound Film Festival, The DUMBO Film Festival, The Underground Film Festival, The Brooklyn Short Film Festival, The New Filmmaker’s New York Series, ZedFest, and more. Since 2016 he has collaborated with fellow filmmaker Nicole Solomon under the production company name 4MileCircus. In addition to his film, video, and podcast work, Sean is a media educator who has taught media making skills in a wide variety of contexts working with BRIC Arts Media, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, The NYC Center for Media Education, New York Film Academy, The Patton Veterans’ Project, the School of Visual Arts and more.

Select Film and Video Projects

Meme is the first feature film from Sean Mannion. It is available to watch now through AppleTV, Vimeo, and more.

Meme won “Best Narrative Feature” at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Synopsis: Jennifer, an independent designer disappointed in her stalled relationship and career, discovers a surreal mashup videotape, labeled “Meme,” among a friend’s VHS collection. She goes in search of Meme’s creator, tracking down people who appear on the tape to gain greater insight into what it is and why it exists. As she pursues the creator of the tape she takes greater control of other aspects of her life including her relationship, difficult clients, and a drinking problem that increasingly interferes with her life.

“Walk of Shame” is a music video directed by Sean Mannion for the band Late Cambrian. The song was used for the opening titles of Meme and footage from the film appears in the video. The video is available on the Late Cambrian YouTube page.

Late Cambrian is: John Wlaysewski, Olive Hui, Matthew Milligan, Ben Weiss, Eric Zeender Future Snacks is out now on all streaming platforms.

“Beneath the Black Moon” is a horror comedy short written & directed by Sean Mannion as a ‘film-within-a-film’ for his feature film Meme. The full version of Beneath the Black Moon is available on YouTube.

Synopsis: The best parts of VHS horror film Beneath the Black Moon recorded from one bad VHS tape onto another bad VHS tape.

“Reveal” is an animated horror comedy short film written by Nicole Solomon and Co-Directed by Sean Mannion and Nicole Solomon. Reveal is screening at festivals in 2023 and available via the 4MileCircus Patron.

Synopsis: A pregnant woman senses something is amiss when her sister throws her an unwanted baby shower.

“Rubbery Ducky” is a short film written & directed by Sean Mannion. It is available on YouTube.

Synopsis: Tara finds a rubber duck on the street after a fight with Rory.

“It’s Normal” is a horror short written by Sean Mannion and directed by Nicole Solomon. “It’s Normal” is available on Vimeo.

Synopsis: A young woman checks in on a friend from her grief support group and learns that her changing world may be even scarier than it appears on the surface.

“Time Signature” is a short sci fi film crowdfunded and shot in 2014. It is available on Vimeo.

Synopsis: Danielle befriends her favorite guitarist, Astra, backstage at a concert. The two women head out on an impromptu road trip and Astra reveals that she’s a time-traveler who has come back to change Danielle’s future.

“Abel and Cain” is a surreal short film crowdfunded and produced in 2012.

Synopsis: Danielle befriends her favorite guitarist, Astra, backstage at a concert. The two women head out on an impromptu road trip and Astra reveals that she’s a time-traveler who has come back to change Danielle’s future.

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Blog Posts

  • A Story of Their Own: Women and Film

    Last week we lost both Dennis Hopper and Gary Coleman two icons of cinema and television. There’s been plenty said and I don’t have anything to add really. The news about their deaths reminded me of a few other celebrity deaths recently and I remembered a post I’d read on Feministing early last week. The…

  • Films Don't Provide Social Good Except When They Do

    Over on Truly Free Film Ted Hope has a post from yesterday entitled Twelve Thoughts on the Value of Cinema. Generally speaking I agree with his points. It’s rare a movie actually justifies the cost of a ticket particularly as ticket prices rising closer and closer to the cost of owning your own DVD copy…

  • Screenplay Structure and Outlining

    This morning I was doing some blog reading and came across Screenwriter411’s post STRUCTURE – The 9 Essential Scenes. It’s a good post about the necessity of structuring your story and outlining in screenwriting. I’m a fan of structure. What I have never been a fan of is outlining and planning. I find outlining frustrating.…

  • First Trailer for Modern Prometheus You can visit for regular updates on the film and more videos.

  • Help me fund my next short film

    Over the past few months I’ve been working on shorts, some my own and some written and directed by friends João Lameira and Mafalda Melo. The work we’ve been doing has been instructive. We’ve made some mistakes and we’ve learned a lot. The shorts we’ve been working on have all been between 3 and 10…

  • The Brooklyn Film Race

    In October I teamed up with some friends and collaborators to participate in The Brooklyn Film Race, a competition to see who can write, shoot, edit and deliver a four minute film in 24 hours. We made it. My wife, Jessica, was our writer. My friend and former classmate, João Lameira, was our director. His…

  • Getting Started

    I graduated from New York Film Academy (NYFA) just over a week ago and had this overwhelming feeling of “Now What?” So, I pretty quickly got started on trying to find some way to worm my way into the film and television industry. It helped that I’d already been putting my resume out there for…