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short films and videos by Seth McClellan

GOALIE - watch the trailer
Adapted from an often anthologized Canadian story, this 10-minute narrative film is about hockey, but also much more. Family. Dedication. A father and a son. The way we succeed and fail in how we talk to each other. And the sheer beauty of the game. 

Stunningly shot in black and white HD by Sanghoon Lee, GOALIE is directed by Daniel Nearing and produced by Seth McClellan.

Premiere at the 30th annual Vancouver International Film Festival, 2011
Great Lakes International Film Festival
Cannes Short Film Corner

Bevel's last sermon picture

A 26-minute portrait.  As Dr. Martin Luther King's collaborator, Reverend James Bevel was a key strategist of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. His later career was marked by controversy and an incest conviction. This documentary is a candid interview with Rev. Bevel 10 days before he died.

Seth McClellan - director, producer and editor, 2010

"Jim Bevel was Martin Luther King's most influential aide," said civil rights historian David J. Garrow. He cited Rev. Bevel's "decisive influence" on the Birmingham "children's crusade" of 1963 that helped revive the movement, the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 and King's increased outspokenness against the Vietnam War. - from his obituary in The Washington Post, 12/20/08

First public screening at the 2010 Jubilee Film Festival, part of the Jubilee Bridge Crossing Festival. This annual event draws over 30,000 people to Selma, AL to reenact and celebrate the pivotal moment in civil rights history that Rev. Bevel was a driving force behind.

It also screened at festivals in Berlin, South Africa, Atlanta, Florida, and in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

SIFUNA OKWETHU: we want what's ours

An 18-minute documentary about loss, resistance, identity and the elusiveness of justice as experienced by the Ndolilas, a South African family. The family’s land was taken by the apartheid government in the 1970s without compensation, and ever since then they have been on a quest to get it back.

Seth McClellan - story editor, 2012

Directed by Bernadette Atuahene.

Premiere at Africa World Documentary Film Festival - screenings in Cameroon, Nigeria, Missouri, Barbados, and London, UK.  Other screenings:  Fordham Law School, IL International Film Fest, Montreal Black International Film Festival

A 30-minute educational and promotional DVD and web video chronicling the history and how to look at the large-form sculptures in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.  Includes interviews with noted collector Lewis Manilow and features work by Mark di Suvero, Bruce Nauman, and Martin Puryear.

Seth McClellan - 2008, director, editor, camera and producer

Produced with grants from ComEd and the Illinois Arts Council.