Seith Mann

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Seith Mann is an American film and television director best known for directing the award-winning Five Deep Breaths, and episodic television for Elementary, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Rectify, Nurse Jackie, Californication, Unforgettable, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Entourage, Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Mann graduated from Morehouse College and later earned an MFA in film at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he studied with Spike Lee.  Mann's thesis at New York University was the short film Five Deep Breaths, which was awarded the Spike Lee fellowship while in development in 2002. The short starred Jamie Hector and Anslem Richardson; with a score by Jason Moran.

The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, was selected to screen at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and was one of four American shorts to screen at the Cinefondation Competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. It won a Gold Plaque for Narrative Short Film at the 2003 Chicago International Film Festival and also won the Best Narrative Short Film award at the 2003 Los Angeles IFP/West Film Festival.  The IFP gave Mann the Gordon Parks Award for Emerging African-American Filmmakers following the film's release.

A television Producer for HBO’s drama The Wire, Robert F. Colesberry, saw Five Deep Breaths and asked Seith to shadow the show’s directors during production of the third season in 2004. In 2006, Mann joined the directing crew of The Wire's fourth season. From there, he went on to direct episodes for numerous other acclaimed television shows and is currently working on a feature film, Harriet, about Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.


Master of Fine Arts

New York University

New York, NY