Carl Seaton, born in Chicago, grew up with a strong affinity for movies and television shows. The meteoric rise of the VCR turned his affinity for movies in to a full-blown addiction.
Carl’s addiction led him to Columbia College Film School where he studied the crafts of Directing and Screenwriting. The creative environment at Columbia allowed Carl to flourish where he graduated with Honors.
Carl’s first feature film, One Week, was a drama about a heterosexual man that has to wait a week for the results of an HIV test as he prepares for his wedding. The ultra-low budget filmscreened all over the world in prestigious festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival, and Fespaco. One Week also garnered awards at several film festivals including the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld, and the Chicago International Film Festival. Following the success of One Week, Carl co-wrote a screenplay, Step In The Name Of Love, that was acquired by MGM.
In 2016, Carl premiered his latest film, a Movie of the Week for the TvOne Network, Bad Dad Rehab, starring Malik Yoba, the film is about four men that go to a rehab program that helps them become better fathers. The film garnered Carl a NAACP Image Award nomination.
Carl’s career in episodic directing began when he was hired by John Singleton to direct two episodes of the TV show Rebel.
Since then, Carl has gone on to direct a wide range of shows like The CW’s, The Originals, Batowman, Dynasty, and Supergirl, Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD, Fire, Med, and FBI, the CBS drama Bull, and Showtime’s The Chi. In February, Carl was nominated for a NAACP Image award for his work on directing the show , Snowfall, created by his mentor, the late John Singleton.
Carl is currently gearing up to direct more shows in this next era of filmmaking - post pandemic, while developing a miniseries that will be based in Chicago.
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