Amber Sealey

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Amber Sealey is a British and American director, writer, producer, and actor. Sealey is known for her feature films A Plus D, How to Cheat, and No Light and No Land Anywhere.[1] How to Cheat premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the Best Performance Award.[2][3] How to Cheat also won Best Narrative Film and Best Acting at the BendFilm Festival.[4] No Light and No Land Anywhere, Sealey’s third feature, is Executive Produced by Miranda July and premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award.[5] It also won the IndieVision Breakthrough Feature Film Award at the Twin Cities Film Festival.[6]

Sealey is known as an actor in the feature films The Good Night with Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin Freeman, and Penelope Cruz, and Big Nothing with Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer.[7] She acted in the television show Attachments, directed by Susanna White,[8] and Coming Up: Bed Bugs, directed by Academy Award winner Andrea Arnold.[9]

Sealey is the voice of many audio books, including How I Live Now,[10] Penny From Heaven,[11] Hunting Unicorns,[12] and the acclaimed The Princess Diaries Series.[13][14]

Early life[edit]

Sealey was born in Brighton, England and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and studied Theater Arts and Modern Dance. She attended the acclaimed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 1998 she moved to London where she worked with the acclaimed theatre collective, Shunt. In 2008 she moved to Los Angeles and began writing, directing, and producing her own feature films, which have screened in festivals internationally.

Career[edit]

Sealey has directed the feature film A Plus D, which was distributed by IndiePix Films and Seed & Spark,[15] and premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival to rave reviews. The Montreal Gazette said, “Amber Sealey’s lacerating cinéma verité… the acting is fearless.. See this film!” and “Fact and fiction are obliterated… edgy, anguished, funny… The acting is astonishing… I thought of Cassavetes, Winterbottom…”.

Her second film, How to Cheat, which was distributed by FilmBuff, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011[16] to positive reviews. Huffington Post said it was, “Amazing… laugh-out-loud hilarious… I really can’t speak highly enough about this movie”.[17] IndieWire said it was, “intriguing… defies expectations” and “Sealey manages to buck innumerable conventions, which makes her career worth tracking”.[18][19]

No Light and No Land Anywhere, Sealey’s third feature, premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.[20] IndieWire said, “No Light and No Land Anywhere has the potential to further cement Sealey’s reputation as one of the most promising directors of female-driven stories working the U.S. today.”[21]

Sealey was selected for Film Independent’s Directing Lab in 2013.[22] Amber was also selected for Film Independent’s Fast Track program in 2013[23] Sealey was selected to participate in Women In Film’s 2017 Mentorship Program.

Sealey is an experienced acting coach who regularly works with directors and actors. She teaches a weekly Acting Class.

Personal life[edit]

Sealey currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ben Thoma, who works for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab,[24][25] and their two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amber Sealey". IMDB. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. ^ Kellogg, Jane. "LAFF 2011 Winners Announced". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Film Festival 2011 Winners". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  4. ^ "2011 Festival Archive". Bend Film. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  5. ^ "2016 LA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND GRANT RECIPIENTS". Film Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Twin Cities Announces 2016 Winners". Twin Cities Film Fest. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ "The Good Night Full Cast & Crew". IMDB. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Attachments Full Cast & Crew". IMDB. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Coming Up BedBugs". IMDB. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  10. ^ "How I Live Now". Amazon. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Penny From Heaven". Audible. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Hunting Unicorns". Amazon. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  13. ^ "The Princess Diaries:Third Time Lucky". Amazon. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Book Results for Amber Rose Sealey". Amazon. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  15. ^ "A Plus D". Seed & Spark. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  16. ^ Olson, Mark. "Movies Past, Present & Future". LA Times. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  17. ^ "LA Film Fest, Starring Silverlake". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  18. ^ Kohn, Eric. "LAFF REVIEW | Amber Sealey and Kent Osborne Make a Provocative Marital Drama in "How to Cheat"". Indiewire. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  19. ^ Kohn, Eric. "L.A. Film Fest FUTURES | "How to Cheat" Director Amber Sealey on Ditching the Script". Indiewire. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  20. ^ Bernstein, Paula. "Five Questions with Amber Sealey, Director of No Light and No Land Anywhere". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  21. ^ "11 Films We Cannot Wait to See at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival". Indiewire. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  22. ^ "EIGHT FILMMAKERS SELECTED FOR 2013 DIRECTING LAB". Film Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  23. ^ "FILM INDEPENDENT SELECTS 22 FILMMAKERS FOR FAST TRACK". Film Independent. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Curiosity Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy". Nasa. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Building Curiosity: Robotic Arm Attached". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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