SEBASTIAN SIEGEL is a British-American director, producer, screenwriter and author. His modes of storytelling range from filmmaking to contemporary art and psychology.
FILM Sebastian adapted, directed, and produced the feature film GRACE AND GRIT (based on Ken Wilber’s globally acclaimed book). The movie will release in select theatres and everywhere movies stream on Friday June 4th 2021 (teaser here). Sebastian discusses production of the film with Julia Ormond (at the 2020 IEC), with Allyson & Alex Grey at CoSM, and in a Director’s Statement at Shambhala. John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, calls the film “brilliant”.
Sebastian wrote, directed, and produced SECRET AGENT BEACH (2017) and its prequel trailer, BRITISH SECRET AGENT YACHT, to promote acclaimed European films for HIFF and its subsidiary HEC Festival. He wrote, produced, and directed the documentary AWAKENING WORLD (Beyond Words Publishing, VOD, and Amazon), which received the largest audience in the history of The Sedona International Film Festival. The film won Most Inspiring Documentary in Miami, was selected as the Centerpiece film for AFFMA, acclaimed by ABC News, The Hallmark Channel, MyFm, and serves to inspire connective discussions at select events and as part of an ongoing program with LA County Probation. The second installment of this project, SPIRIT OF EVOLUTION, is in post-production. Sebastian holds rights and options to a number of books and true stories. He is developing the series BLOOD, LOVE, POWER based on the novel, By Love Fulfilled; the feature film MAN Vs OCEAN, adapted from the popular UK sports book; the true story bipoic 180; and is producing the feature film LIFE COACH. Sebastian is represented by Neil Sacker.
EARLY LIFE Sebastian Siegel was born in Oxford, England. He grew up part-time with his father in Hawaii and lived part of each year with his mother and stepfather in Texas. His father Lee Siegel is a widely acclaimed author and professor of Indian religions. His grandfather was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Siegel's maternal grandfather, Leonard Thompson, was a professor, acclaimed author and active opponent of apartheid. Siegel’s grandmother, Noreen Nash, was a silver screen actress.
IDEAS Sebastian writes and speaks extensively on transcendence. Siegel’s first book, Die Bewusstseinsrevolution (The Consciousness Revolution: Meditations for a New World), published by Giger/Verlag, is available here on Amazon and at stores across Switzerland and Germany. He writes and talks on consciousness, joy, happiness, intimacy, compassion, will, the relationship between food and moral accountability, eternal life and intuition. He cites Ken Wilber, Alan Watts, Ramana Maharshi, Joseph Campbell and mentor James Whitmore as strong influences, and as a kid, his father’s lectures on Zen and comics he brought back from India about Rama, Kali, Ganesha and Shakti. In 1983 Siegel met Campbell with his father on Oahu, Hawaii.
ACTOR (Reel linked at IMDb, Vimeo, YouTube) Sebastian plays pivotal character roles: Psychologist Leland Tierny in THE FINAL DAYS OF NICOLE; British CIA Jeffrey on ABC’s QUANTICO; Holloway the Moroccan Special Ops on HAWAII FIVE-0 and on earlier seasons; Don Halloran in THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (season 8 regular on OWN); British entertainment host, Billy, in MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS; Tony Dash on BET’s THE FAMILY BUSINESS; The Guard of the Sovereign Nation in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2; gangster Edward Lewis in ABDUCTED; Dr. Suave in FUNHOUSE MASSACRE; Hector in THE FINDER; Erik the “other” in LOST; Nick the hero in THE FAMILY THAT PREYS; Hiram the eccentric CEO in JUST BE YOURSELF; Dr. Bailey in NOTE TO SELF; the cult leader in STRUCK; Judas Iscariot, and indie films like Doug Liman's short INDIE IS GREAT, IN MY LIFE, ATHEIST, RISK, as well as roles on FAMILY GUY, FLASH FORWARD, BAYWATCH HAWAII, CSI MIAMI, and in the EuroCinema trailers CASTAWAY, SECRET AGENT, and SECRET AGENT BEACH. In 2019 Sebastian played the role of Greg in the ensemble HOT TRAGIC DEAD THING on stage at The Blank Theatre. Siegel began in theatre at seven years, was accepted to the University of Hawaii at fifteen to study drama and won the Drama Prize at Kent School. He notes his interest in theatre as a “first form of meditative practice and experience of a safe and near limitless space for dynamic personal exploration and expression”. He has studied with Sandra Caruso, the Aquila-Morong studio, Gary Marks, John Coppola, and rehearsed character material for nearly ten years with the late James Whitmore. He is represented by Richard Kerner of KMA.
HOBBY & OTHER MEDIA Shortly after moving to California he became widely recognized for appearing on over one hundred magazine covers from Men’s Fitness to Iron Man and FitnessRx. In an interview he describes his physicality as "strictly a byproduct of the love for transcending physical limits, igniting emotional highs and disciplining mental will". Photographers Steven Meisel, David La Chapelle and Robert Fleischauer have photographed him for covers, campaigns, and billboards in Times Square.
Siegel enjoys collaborating with friends and innovators across fields of art and culture. He played in the widely known campaign for Geico, in Lil’ Wayne’s Tapout, and rapped the lyrics for “Green Tea Partay” which set a You Tube record for most views in a single day. His series of custom acrylic texture on canvas were first featured at the Janssen Gallery in Palm Springs. Sebastian has been interviewed on a number of cutting edge podcasts such as Aliens & Artists and CoSM with Alex Grey to discuss art, storytelling, intuition and consciousness.
Sebastian was opening night speaker at Sedona World Wisdom Days, served as an advocate for the ADA, as a surrogate speaker for Governor Schwarzenegger, has been welcomed as a special guest on numerous talk shows, is a children’s mentor reader for the Screen Actors Guild, is a supporter of The Smile Train, Greenpeace, Best Buddies, and writes poetic philosophy for The Huffington Post. Sebastian works in private practice in Los Angeles, California where he develops works across a range of media with underlying themes of transcendence, including Guided Lucid Dreaming as featured in The Hollywood Reporter.
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