Sebastian is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. His curiosity about the world and the systems and structures that shape us draws him to well-told stories in both fiction and non-fiction. His short documentary film Esquilas en la montaña (Bells in the Mountains) was officially selected for the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival and the 2017 San Francisco Documentary Festival.
His cinematography work has been screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival.
Over the last few years Sebastian has helped shoot an experimental non-fiction film in the -35°F winter of interior Alaska, produced videos for the Show Me $15 fight to raise the wages of fast food workers, directed and shot a film for the Southern Environmental Law Center, DP’d a short doc about wetland restoration in Louisiana, filmed on the road with country singer Dierks Bentley, documented oral histories of Afro-descendant Panamanian millennials, and produced, directed, and shot a film for Metro Nashville Public Schools about the experiences of LGBT teachers and students to be used in LGBT trainings for teachers and counselors. Sebastian has also interned for Barbara Kopple and spent three years as a free-lance production assistant on Ken Burns' upcoming Country Music series, assisting with interview shoots and filming behind-the-scenes material.
Sebastian grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, and graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Film Studies and Anthropology. During his six years in Nashville, Sebastian grew to love the South, where he first became involved with social justice activism. This commitment continues to drive both his photography and his career choices.