Sarah Sellman is based in Los Angeles, California. She is an independent screenwriter, director and producer born in the rural ranching town of Alamosa, Colorado, where the elevation is higher than the population. Sarah graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television in 2012. Her debut 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. After the film’s limited theatrical release and educational screening tour, American Bear can now be found online at iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and more. For her short narrative film Hold Your Arms Out, Sarah was selected for Hewlett-Packard’s inaugural post-production program at Sundance Film Festival and nominated for NYU’s Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award. Her original pilot Cottonwood was recently the winner of Project Screenplay, a screenplay competition hosted by Mass MOCA.
From 2012 – 2014 Sarah lived and worked in Upstate New York, serving as the Communications Coordinator for internationally celebrated photography nonprofit Light Work, and as the Managing Director of the Syracuse International Film Festival during its 9th and 10th years. More recently, Sarah has co-produced and co-directed several online web series for clients. She has also worked with high schools in New York and Colorado as a teaching artist in screenwriting, stop-motion animation, and documentary production.
Sarah is currently writing a nonfiction/fiction hybrid project inspired by her year spent traveling around the world with her husband in 2016, as well as a women-led sci-fi feature about the antikythera mechanism. Sarah is an active part of the Denver branch of Film Fatales and a co-founder of Screen + Play, a directing workshop.