Olatunde Osunsanmi

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Olatunde Osunsanmi
Born (1977-10-23) October 23, 1977 (age 40)
United States
Occupation Film and television director, producer
Years active 2000–present

Olatunde Osunsanmi (born (1977-10-23)October 23, 1977) is a Nigerian film and television director and producer.

He is known for his work on Universal's horror film The Fourth Kind and for the TNT dystopian drama Falling Skies.

Life and career[edit]

Osunsanmi graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.[1] His first foray in the industry was with a short film he wrote and directed, entitled Etat. The feature explored the 1970s political climate of his native Nigeria.

He went on to direct and co-pen the low-budget horror film The Cavern, before being approached by Universal Studios to helm, produce and write the alien-invasion/horror flick The Fourth Kind. The film claims to be based on "actual case studies" occurring in Nome, Alaska in 2000, and included in the film is footage of Osunsanmi interviewing a "Dr. Abigail Tyler" at Chapman University in Orange, California.[1][2] In 2013, he helmed the serial killer film Evidence, starring True Blood's Stephen Moyer.[3]

He has since switched to directing episodic television, such as installments of Under the Dome, The Last Ship, Extant, Sleepy Hollow, Minority Report, Gotham, Blindspot and Star Trek: Discovery.

Falling Skies[edit]

In summer 2014, Osunsanmi directed his first hour of television with TNT's fourth season drama Falling Skies, entitled "Saturday Night Massacre". He was originally hired for only one episode, but another director was forced to depart episode 4.11, "Space Oddity", due to personal matters, and the cast and crew lobbied for Osunsanmi to return, and he did. In fact, he would go on to replace outgoing director/co-executive producer Greg Beeman for the series' fifth and final season.[4] He directed the final season premiere, "Find Your Warrior"; as well as episodes "Hunger Pains" and "Non-Essential Personnel". He lastly helmed the series' final episode, "Reborn".[5]


Osunsanmi is credited for directed Season 3, Episode 13 of the TV series, Gotham, titled "Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It". The episode aired on January 23, 2017.[6][7]

Star Trek: Discovery[edit]

Osunsanmi directed Episode 4 (titled "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", aired October 8, 2017) and Episode 13 (titled "What's Past Is Prologue", aired January 28, 2018) of the TV series, Star Trek: Discovery.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Coker, Matt (November 17, 2009). "How Chapman University's Logo Got a Cameo in "The Fourth Kind"". OC Weekly. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Woerner, Meredith. "Fact Check: Are These Horror Films Really "Based On Actual Events"?". Gizmodo. Gizmodo. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ "OLATUNDE OSUNSANMI FILMOGRAPHY". Fandango. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Beeman, Greg (September 1, 2014). "BEAMING BEEMAN". Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Episode Title: (#510) "Reborn"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Gotham" Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It (TV Episode 2017), retrieved 2017-10-30
  7. ^ "Olatunde Osunsanmi". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  8. ^ "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  9. ^ "What's Past is Prologue". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-18.

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