Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.
I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.
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This week’s interview is with award-winning film and commercial director Sean Hanish. Sean’s new movie, Return to Zero, is the first Hollywood film to center around the taboo topic of stillbirth. He wrote, directed and co-produced the film based loosely on his personal experience after the stillbirth of his son. We had a fun conversation about a really hard topic. If you feel moved to support the film, all the relevant links are below.
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Sean Hanish is a multi-award-winning film and commercial director and the writer, director and producer of the new movie Return To Zero. He has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) since 2005. After studying under master film theorist David Bordwell at the University of Wisconsin, he completed his Master of Arts at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema/Television.
His short films, “Sales Tribe Grachecki” and “Real Men”, have garnered dozens of awards both domestically and internationally and his ensemble play “Acts of Contrition” had sold-out runs in both New York and Los Angeles.
While his passion is film, Sean has had a career as a writer, director and producer in a variety of mediums. He created and executive produced two highly-rated Prime-Time network television sports specials for CBS. He also began creating, directing and producing commercials for a wide variety of international clients such as CBS, NFL, DISNEY, NCAA, HALLMARK, LIZ CLAIBORNE and OSCAR DE LA RENTA. This experience culminated in his creating and executing multi-million dollar campaigns for the launch of the fastest-growing brand in the home-furnishings industry, CINDY CRAWFORD HOME, and the largest independent furniture retailer, ROOMS TO GO.