Filmmaker – Professor – Webby & Telly Awards Judge

Winner of over 50 awards in Independent filmmaking, Emmy and Youtube nominated work. Associate Member of the International Academy of Arts and Sciences, Judge for the Webby Awards & The Telly Awards, CUNY faculty.

 

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Super Short Bio:

Tom Seymour is a tenured senior staff member and ADJ film professor in CUNY system. He holds an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York. He started out his career as a CBS News video editor and then went on to work for NBC Universal Digital and Black20 Studios sharing Emmy and YouTube nominations with his team. Tom has directed ten feature length films and produced nearly twenty. His various documentaries on the VHS era have won over thirty awards (including several Telly Awards) and his films have screened everywhere from Yale University to MUBI and Netflix.

Short Bio (First Person):

I received my M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts with a film production concentration from Hunter College in New York in the winter of 2020/2021 and have been teaching since 2017. I joined the Telly Awards judging Council in 2019 (Silver Council) Director of the 25 time award-winning documentary features VHS Massacre & VHS Massacre Too about the video store era and the American exploitation film distributed by FilmRise and Troma. Premiered on MUBI & PRIME! I share an Emmy and YouTube Award nomination with Black20 studios crew for my work on the series net_work. I was also Nominated in 2018 to represent Hunter College at the National Board of Review for the web-series Toy-Shop about representation in the market place. I was a producer on John Krasinksi’s first feature film A New Wave. In addition I’ve directed other feature films like Mark of the Beast, London Betty. Former CBS News, NBC,  IGN, Troma. My films have been on MUBI, Netflix, Prime, Walmart and other venues.

Contact:

thomasseymournyc (AT) gmail

FACEBOOKTWITTER – WIKIPEDIA – IMDB

Full Wikipedia Bio:

Tom is most known for the award-winning documentaries VHS Massacre, VHS Massacre Too and MacLeod distributed by FilmRise, MUBI, Shudder’s Mid May Massacre and Troma Entertainment (2016–2021). The documentaries feature Joe Bob BriggsJames RolfeGreg SesteroDebbie RochonLloyd Kaufman Juliette Danielle and Kevin MacLeod. They concentrate on the video store era and how media consolidation has destroyed the American exploitation film industry. The films have garnered 27 wins at San Francisco IndieFest, Cannes World, Vancouver Horror Show, Miami Sci-Fi, Requiem FearFest, Telly Awards and others. VHS Massacre also screened at Yale University in May 2016 as part of the NH docs Film Festival. That same year it was called “A Fantastic Documentary” by Ain’t it Cool News.[1]

Tom is also considered one of the “Top Twenty Contemporary Underground Filmmakers in the U.S.”, according to the book The History of Independent Cinema[2] and is known for his work on the 2018 National Board of Review Nominated (through Hunter College) Toy Shop and the Emmy Nominated and YouTube award nominated series Net_work (2007–2009) featured on Hulu.[3] In 2014 Seymour won the Platinum Remi (World-fest Houston’s Highest honor) for his feature film Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast.[4] He has accrued over forty film festival wins in his career to date. His films have been covered everywhere from Variety, NPR to the New York Times.

Seymour has directed video content for CBS, NBC, IGN, Troma, College and Black20 Studios over the course of his career. He is the creator of the popular internet web series Black20: Trailer Park (seen on G4 TV, IGN, YouTube). Black20.com boasts a 150,000,000 unique views of their video content and features talent such as Aubrey PlazaAmy SchumerEric Andre and others. In 2008 Thomas along with the rest of the Black20 comedy troop were voted the first “The King’s of Dot Comedy” by “Attack of the Show” on G4TV. With Jon Gorman of Bloodbath Pictures, Thomas directed the feature film Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast starring Ellen Muth (Dead Like Me Showtime series) in 2012 which was given a positive review by Ain’t it Cool News and was featured in Issue #318 of Fangoria Magazine in the article “Bugged out on Beast”.

At Hale Manor Productions, he starred in and directed such films as London Betty (released on Maverick Entertainment’s Platinum label in 2010), starring Daniel Von Bargen from Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle and narrated by Clint HowardLondon Betty also made the list of “Top Films of the Year” on Moviesmademe.com in 2009 and in May 2011 London Betty hit the #3 spot for British comedy on Amazon on Demand. He also directed the York Entertainment DVD release bestseller Land of College Prophets and Everything Moves Alone, which had a New York Theatrical run in 2001. Some of his higher profile acting performances include A New Wave (starring John Krasinski), Being Michael Madsen (starring Michael MadsenVirginia Madsen and David Carradine), the Emmy nominated Hulu series Net_Work as the character “Tom: The Coolest Guy in The Office” and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the “Easter Bunny Hates You” digital video. He also composed the scores for the independent films such as Everything Moves AloneThrill Kill Jack in Hale Manor, and Land of College Prophets. While he acts, directs and writes scripts, he is also a solo artist.[5][6] His first album, U.S. Export was released by Sling Slang Records in 2004 to positive reviews.[7]

Jobs

CBS News – NBC Universal Digital Studios – IGN – College Humor – Hulu – Fisher Price – Troma Entertainment – CUNY

Press

NY Times – NPR  – The Tonight Show –  Ain’t it Cool  – Raindance Film Festival  – NY Daily News

– G4 TV – Fangoria – Rue Morgue – Film Threat

Films

Netflix – Walmart – iTunes – Amazon Prime – Frightpix – Barnes and Noble – Flixfling – Midnight Pulp – NY Anthology Film Archives

Festivals

– California Indie Fest  – New York International San Fransisco IndieFest    – Boston Underground     – Hoboken International – Yale University New Haven Doc Fest

-Worldfest Houston    – Atlanta Horror   – New England Underground   -Connecticut Film Festival      

Wins

The Amazon Prime Documentary VHS Massacre wins Three Telly awards including a silver for best broadcast film, a Gold Remi at Houston Film Festival and a “Best Documentary” at the Miami Science Fiction Film Festival.

Worldfest Houston (Platinum Remi) “Best Independent Video” Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast

Silk City International – “Best Connecticut Film” for London Betty

–  Bare Bones International – 2 awards including “Auteur of the Year” for  Everything Moves Alone

– New Haven Underground – 3 wins including “Underground Spirit Award” for London Betty

– New York B-movie Film Festival – 7 awards including “Best Director” for Land of College Prophets

–  Connecticut Screening Room – 2 awards including “Best Editing” for Money Run

Nominations

EMMY NOMINATION

(Tom was a cameraman and acted in the “net_work” series)

 2007 Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmys “Best Broadband Web-Series” for “net_work” Shared with everyone at Black20 Studios

Maverick Movie Awards “Best Director” for Mark of the Beast

Bare Bones International “Best Horror Feature Nomination” for Mark of the Beast

Bare Bones International “Best Dramedy” for London Betty

 

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