Seán Wrenn - Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center - CIFF 2023

Seán Wrenn is a Colorado-based Irish filmmaker, writer, film programmer, and film festival producer.

Seán is a native of Grange, County Limerick, and has been working professionally in film production for over a decade.

Photo by Cameron Whitman Photography

I have been filming and editing for over 15 years with 250+ projects and videos created to date, covering a broad range of genres. I am self-trained in video editing and in advanced camera work for various productions styles (EG news style, PSA’s, music videos, online video advertising, comedic and dramatic shorts)

My earlier years on YouTube (2006-2011) were dedicated to making obscure short comedy sketches. Despite not striking internet gold, I managed to garner a small following of dedicated subscribers from all parts of the globe who enjoyed the quirky nature of the videos. I have even had a few random public encounters with people who have quoted lines to me from old sketches, which is always a pleasant surprise.

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Mayor Gerry McLoughlin presenting crystal bowl to Seán Wrenn at Mayoral Reception

In early 2010 I joined ‘I Love Limerick’, a project that was helping to better the national image of Limerick City by highlighting the truly positive aspects of the people and culture in Limerick. Over the next three and a half years, I covered a wide range of events, interviews, and topics, while also playing an essential role in the video production elements of the project’s online presence.

On April 4th of 2013, a Mayoral reception was held in honor of I Love Limerick’s achievements in helping community projects and charities in the city. In August 2013, I stepped down as Co-Director/Co-Owner of ‘I Love Limerick’ to pursue a more varied career in film and acting while also working as a freelance videographer for hire.

I returned to education as a mature student in the Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) for the period of Sept. 2015 – May 2016 to study Advanced TV/Film Production. I graduated from the course with 8 distinctions in all 8 modules and had my script for a short film (‘Amhras’) selected as one of two films to be put into production during the course year. I also directed the production.

Made for a budget of approximately €400, ‘Amhras’ tells the dark tale of two brothers looking for answers in their past. Amhras made its festival debut at the Galway Fringe Festival in July 2016 and earned 13 laurels in film competitions worldwide (as of January 2018). Future screening dates will be posted here in the news section.

Between March 16th and May 5th, 2018, my debut experimental film, Begin, was showcased as part of Solas Nua’s video art exhibition, Sights And Sounds Of Ireland Today, held at Dupont Underground in Washington DC. Begin also screened at the 1st International Film Festival of Oranjemund and was a finalist at the AltFF Alternative Film Festival 2017.

Starting in November 2018, I embarked on a long-term project called |Mood| with Alpherat Films as the production banner. The project involves creating a series of abstract short films centered around emotions, ideas, places, and times. The idea behind this series was to capture the essence of an ordinary moment or memory and present it through an abstract lens to evoke a specific feeling. The |Mood| project is ongoing and will continue to explore a diverse range of emotions and themes.

Between 2017 and 2023, I worked with the Washington DC-based Irish arts organization Solas Nua, where I served as an assistant producer for the Capital Irish Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, and as a film programmer and producer for the CIFF@Home screening series hosted by NYU DC Dialogues. Throughout my tenure of almost six years, I played an instrumental role in various transitional milestones, including the rebranding of the organization in late 2020 and early 2021, which was carried out by Piquant, a creative agency based in Limerick. Additionally, I held the position of Website and Digital Content Manager for Solas Nua.

Alpherat Films is a project that was set up in September 2012 to serve as a creative outlet for my own personal projects – involving documentaries, video art, and short films.

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