Sean McGinly was born in Philadelphia and raised in a Northern Virginia. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Philosophy and went on to USC Film School where he received his MFA in Film Production.
Sean’s script, Two Days was a Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist. In 2003, he directed the film which starred Paul Rudd, Adam Scott and Donal Logue. Two Days played at the Rotterdam, Melbourne and the AFI film festivals, among others.
Sean also made a documentary, “Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11, which is about men who lost brothers on 9/11. The film was picked up by HBO and played as part of the Cinemax Reel Life Series on the five year anniversary of 9/11 in 2006.
In 2009, Sean wrote and directed The Great Buck Howard, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played in theaters nationwide. The film starred John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks.
Sean also directed the feature film Lawless Range, starring Austin Nichols, Patrick Flueger and Kris Kristofferson, which was released in February of 2016 on all platforms by Cinedigm.
Most recently Sean wrote and directed the feature film, Silver Lake starring Martin Starr, Deborah Ann Woll and Fred Melamed. Silver Lake won best screenplay at the DTLA Film Festival and best narrative feature at the Omaha Film Festival and the Rincon Film Festival. The film was picked up by and can be seen on Direct TV.
Sean has sold feature scripts and written on assignment for Sony, Fox and Universal. He has also created TV pilots for Fox and CBS television. He lives in Los Angeles.