Seamus McNally

Seamus McNally is a filmmaker based in New York and Berlin.


Seamus McNally

Seamus McNally has directed numerous narrative short films including:

To Paint the Portrait of a Bird (Best Short Film – NY/Avignon Film Festival, Woodstock FF, Mill Valley FF, Premiered at Cannes FF) – Written by Jacques Prevert, English translation by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; The Hypnotist (Montreal WFF); Sketches of Honey (five short films on 16mm and 8mm, which were part of a multimedia presentation performed at The Culture Project – NYC); Exchange Place (with Mad Men's Michael Gladis); and an excerpt from Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy to name a few.

Throughout the last several years he has been developing a diverse portfolio of long form material for film and television. He recently optioned Stephen King's short story The Reach, and co-wrote the feature length adaptation for the screen with his frequent collaborator, veteran screenwriter Julie Talen. The project is in development and he is attached as director. This past year he also created a television series about a hypnotherapist called Pendulum. He wrote and directed two fully executed pitch episodes starring Ato Essandoh (Copper, Django Unchained) and Nick Sandow (Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire). The show is currently being shopped to studios and networks. McNally has five other features in varying stages of development: Rains Retreat, Rite of Spring, Lowland, and Duck Season (See Projects In Development).

McNally began work as an actor with The Living Theatre nearly twenty years ago. While appearing in countless stage productions and many notable independent films in the 1990’s, he became a partner and Creative Director of Ritual Films – a boutique development company where he spent four years optioning novels, short stories and stage plays and co-writing/overseeing their adaptation to finished screenplays. The company was sold in 2001. In 2002 he transitioned into writing and directing. In addition to his works for the screen, he has directed several stage plays including the world premiere of Suicide Sam by Maurice Chauvet (Axis Theatre), Memory of Honey (Culture Project) and House of Lords (Living Theatre) also in development as a series.

Out of his studio on Union Square, Seamus teaches and coaches privately for a wide array of film and television productions. Some recent projects include Orange is the New Black, Vinyl (Martin Scorcese, Mick Jagger), Copper (BBC America), and a massive redux of Alex Haley’s epic series Roots.