2019 Speakers

Sean Covel

Sean Covel

Sean Covel is a Film and Television Producer who grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Covel has produced multiple movies including the iconic independent film, Napoleon Dynamite. His films have won multiple awards, generated over one-quarter-billion dollars in revenue, and gotten nerds prom dates across the globe. He very much wishes that would’ve been the case when he was in high school. Covel travels the globe on various film shoots, but maintains close ties to his small-town midwestern roots. In 2015 he founded The 12 Days of Pizza charitable program, which supplies underprivileged families children consistent meals across the Christmas break. In its first year, the program provided 144 meals to Black Hills area families. Just 3 years later, the program grew to provide over 12,000. Covel holds an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he guest lectures each spring. Covel enjoys lecturing at universities and film festivals internationally, but he hangs his nunchucks in Deadwood, SD.

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