Sean Dunne made his feature-film-directing debut with OXYANA, a portrait of a small coal-mining town caught in the grips of the Oxycontin epidemic. OXYANA premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 where Dunne won the award for Best New Documentary Director as well as received a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Feature.
Dunne has directed several short documentaries including: THE ARCHIVE (which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011), MAN IN VAN, THE BOWLER, STRAY DAWG, BLACK BIKE WEEK, TRUMP RALLY and AMERICAN JUGGALO (named documentary of the year for 2011 by the website Short of the Week). In 2015, Sean Dunne released the micro-feature FLORIDA MAN as well as a feature about online sex workers titled CAM GIRLZ. In 2016, Sean was awarded the Vanguard award at the San Francisco Doc Fest.
Hailed as the “master of fringe Americana” for his ability to realistically capture outliers in our culture, who are normally ignored and marginalized. Dunne showcases people with rich stories and profound views on the human experience. By shining a light in the corners of America, Dunne shows us that we’re all a lot more similar than we may think.
As a commercial director, Dunne has brought his devotion to the craft and unmatched intimacy to clients that include TRUTH (premiered during 2017 Grammy’s), NEST, ETSY, DELTA, AT&T, SHELL, CHASE, NIKE, BANK OF AMERICA (aired during 2013 Oscars), MICROSOFT, HTC, GOOGLE, BACARDI, SPECIAL OLYMPICS, NUROFEN, SUNDANCE and ANCESTRY.COM. In 2016, Dunne directed a documentary film about Romanian hackers for NORTON which won at One Screen for best documentary as well as received a Golden Lion at Cannes.