Carl Seaton graduated with honors from Columbia College with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Shortly after graduation, Carl directed his first short film, EXODUS 12: 21-30. Since then, he has gone on to do several short films.
In February of 2000, Carl co-wrote, co-produced, and directed the independent feature film ONE WEEK. The film chronicles one hectic week in the life of a man waiting for the results of an HIV test. Knowing that HIV was and still is a taboo subject in the African American community, Carl decided that it was a story that needed to be told.
The films delicate balance of drama and comedy astounded audiences at film festivals around the country awarding the film Best Picture, and the Lincoln Filmmaker Trophy award at the Acapulco Black Film Festival, Best Film at Urbanworld Film Festival, Best Film award at Black Cinema Café, Best New Director at the Pan African Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Spirit award at the Denver Pan African Film Festival, and the Audience award for favorite film at the Chicago International Film Festival. Because of the socially impacting theme of HIV in the African American community, ONE WEEK garnered Carl the Lillian Award for community advancement at the 46th Annual National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
ONE WEEK has gone on to be screened in various places around the world like the Toronto International Film Festival, Fespaco in Burkina Faso, London, South Africa, and Sao Paulo, Brazil just to name a few.
ONE WEEK was distributed to theaters by Film Life and in the fall of 2001 ONE WEEK obtained the highest per screen average of any film in release its opening weekend. This strong opening led to reviews and articles in both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.
MGM bought a screenplay titled “Step In The Name of Love” that Carl co-wrote. Carl is currently developing screenplays for several production companies.
Carl is also a member of the Independent Feature Project where he serves as a mentor. Carl fully understands the power and influence of the medium if film and strives to tell stories that reflect the diversity and substance of the human experience.
Carl recently completed a Public Service Announcement for the city of Los Angeles regarding preparedness in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Carl is currently editing his new feature film “OF BOYS AND MEN,” that he directed this spring starring Robert Townsend, Angela Bassett, and Victoria Rowell.