Director & Producer
Sean McNamara is an award-winning Irish American director, writer and producer of family dramas, including the break-out hit feature Soul Surfer. Known as an actor’s director, he has worked with Academy Award winners and nominees such as Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Jon Voight, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino and James Woods, and major movie stars like Pierce Brosnan and Dennis Quaid, as well as the new generation of talent, including Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Alba, Erin Moriarty and Danika Yarosh.
Past films include Spare Parts starring Tomei and George Lopez which is based on the WIRED magazine article ‘La Vida Robot’. McNamara has helmed many films and television shows, having written and produced the films Raise Your Voice (starring Hilary Duff), Hoovey, Field of Lost Shoes and Race To Space.
His television credits include co-creating the hit series Beyond the Break for MTV Networks and executive producing Even Stevens and That’s So Raven for the Disney Channel. In addition to winning a BAFTA for Even Stevens, McNamara is a five-time Emmy Award-nominated producer for Even Stevens and That’s So Raven and a four-time nominee for Directors Guild of America awards .
He won the prestigious Imagen Award for Best Director for Spare Parts and Best Dramatic Feature at the GI Film Festival for Field of Lost Shoes. Soul Surfer and Spare Parts both received numerous awards, including an A+ CinemaScore .
The Miracle Season, starring Erin Moriarty, Danika Yarosh, Helen Hunt and William Hurt, was released in over 1,700 theatres in April 2018, and later arrived on the VOD site Netflix. As of summer 2018, McNamara was scouting, casting and prepping to shoot Leon Uri’s Trinity in Ireland, followed by Reagan, starring Dennis Quaid, in the fall. McNamara recently completed principal photography on his Jon Voight film Orphan Horse. His forthcoming feature, The King’s Daughter, stars Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario and debuts in 2019.
In 2018, McNamara celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, a company he co-founded with business partner David Brookwell in 1998. Together they have produced 30 feature films for Sony, Tri-Star Pictures, New Line Cinema, Lionsgate Films, and Universal Studios, to name a few.