Sasie Sealy




Sasie Sealy is an award-winning writer/director based in New York City, with a love of striking visuals and cheeky scripts.  Her debut feature film Lucky Grandma premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and had Sasie listed by The New York Times as one of “9 Filmmakers Who Should Be on Your Radar.” The film was released theatrically in 2020 to rave reviews and has appeared on multiple “Best of 2020” lists, including from Indiewire, New York Magazine, and Refinery29. Sasie was also recently included on the 2020 Alice Initiative list of Emerging Female Directors, as well as the Artist Academy at Film at Lincoln Center.

 Her shorts have screened at the Smithsonian Institute and festivals around the world, and she has twice been awarded the short filmmaking prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, with New York Magazine calling her film The Elephant Garden “one of the most touching and poignant films we’ve seen this year.” Her previous short Dance Mania Fantastic was named one of Tribeca’s +5, and she has won numerous grants and support from the Sundance Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, Film Independent, the Sloan Foundation, and the Tribeca Film Institute.  A fellowship and new short with HBO in 2014 led to a chance to direct episodic television and her first DGA nomination in 2016.  She would go on to direct Ivy and Julie, An American Girl Story, which was nominated for 4 Daytime Emmys and was the winner of a WGA award. She recently set up her original series Sugarland at Amazon, which she will write to direct with Ilana Glazer producing, as well as Lucky Grandma, a TV series based on her movie, at 21st Century Fox. 

Sasie first made her mark in the commercial world with her work in beauty and fashion, for clients such as Maybelline, Calvin Klein, Matrix, Tresseme, Urban Decay, Suave, Sally Hansen, and Condé Nast.

She loves high fashion, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and long walks on the beach.