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Sarah Sellman is a filmmaker and writer based in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Sarah’s original television pilot Cottonwood was recently selected as Series Fest's Featuring Women Initiative’s Grand Prize Winner by Rose McGowan.   Sarah is currently on the festival circuit with her fourth short narrative film - Hold Your Arms Out, one of 9 projects offered a fellowship at Hewlett-Packard’s inaugural post-production program at Sundance Film Festival.

Sarah's feature documentary, American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers screened at festivals across the country and won the American Documentary Film Pitch Competition and the Audience Choice Award at the Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival.  After screening over 75 times as part of a limited theatrical release and educational screening tour throughout the U.S., American Bear can now be found online at iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and more. 

With her production company, Sarah has directed branded content for nonprofits and educational institutions across the country, including two webseries.  In January 2016, with her husband and filmmaking partner, Greg Grano, Sarah left the U.S. via a one-way ticket to India, with the intention of exploring the world for the year.  Sarah and her partner also crafted a docu-webseries about female food entrepreneurs around the world, the pilot, called NOURISH and set in India, has over 450K views.

Sarah is currently developing a nonfiction/fiction hybrid writing project inspired by this trip, called 11x11: I Am Here, as well as the screenplay for her first feature-length narrative directing endeavor - a surreal drama called Gillyfish.

Sarah has lived and worked in Upstate New York, serving as the Communications Coordinator for Light Work, an internationally recognized nonprofit supporting photo and video artists, and as the Managing Director of the Syracuse International Film Festival during its 9th and 10th years.  Additionally, she worked with schools in California, New York, and Colorado as a teaching artist in screenwriting, stop-motion animation and documentary production. 

Sarah currently works as a Writer’s Assistant for two zombie television shows,  serves on the the board of directors for Women in Media, in addition to being an active member of the Film FatalesCinefemme and The Alliance of Women Directors.  Sarah is the founder of Screen + Play, a directing workshop started in Denver in 2015 that will expand to Los Angeles in 2018. Born and raised in the agricultural community of Alamosa, Colorado, a town infamous for it’s connection to the paranormal, Sarah is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts program for Film & Television.