Sean A. Addo is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker from Cincinnati, Ohio. Early on, Sean juggled his passion for motion graphics while playing college football at the University of Cincinnati. When these passions gave way to different social groups, he began paying closer attention to his own identity. Sean eventually gained an MFA in Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His award-winning thesis, DEEPER THAN BLACK, would be a personal journey into identity as a third cultured Ghanaian-American kid.
After completing his education, Sean worked professionally as the Director of Photography on the feature film INQUISITOR. But on the set of FX's Snowfall, is where he would reignite his passion for directing while under the guidance of the late John Singleton. Shortly after, Sean, alongside co-creator Harry Locke IV, created IV Sight Pictures, where he would write and direct short-formed projects for future feature development.
With original works such as AMERIKAFO, THE HOMESICK, KINGS, and more, Sean aims to use identity, diversity, and social awareness to help bridge cultural gaps through edgy and often original supernatural stories. Recently, Mr. Addo's film, "ROOTED," premiered at Palm Spring International Film Festival, Canada's FANTASIA, and will continue to play in festivals worldwide.
Other notable awards follow Sean's supernatural horror feature, THE HOMESICK, which was part of The Blackhouse 2020 Producers Lab and Sundance Inaugural Producers Program. As a fellow of Facebook Seen's New Black Filmmakers and Panavision New Filmmakers Program, Sean has established himself as a uniquely talented writer-director and definitely an exciting one to watch.
John Singleton | Snowfall - Shadowing Director
Anthony Mandler | Reebok - Shadowing Director
Panavision New Filmakers Program 2021
Facebook Seen Program 2021
ScreenCraft Finalist 2020
Diversity In Cannes - Top 10 Directors To Watch