Sean Covel Biography

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Sean Covel
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Birthday: March 4, 1976 (Pisces)

Born In: Newcastle, Wyoming, United States

Sean Covel is an American film producer and philanthropist, best known as one of the co-producers of the award-winning 2004 film 'Napoleon Dynamite.' The film was later adapted into a ‘Fox’ animated series, also produced by Covel. A two-time 'Film Independent Spirit Award' nominee, Covel has mostly collaborated with writer-producer Chris Wyatt. They studied together as part of the 'Peter Stark Producing Program' at the 'University of Southern California.' Other notable films produced by Covel are 'The 12 Dogs of Christmas,' 'Think Tank,' 'Beneath,' 'Broken Hill,’ ‘Café,' 'Concrete Blondes,' 'Driving Blind,' 'Carter & June,' and 'Tater Tot & Patton.' He is a passionate philanthropist and runs a non-profit body in collaboration with a pizza joint to provide meals to underprivileged children. He also works to provide books to such children. Covel is also a prominent 'TEDx' presenter and a keynote speaker. He occasionally lectures at his alma mater.
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Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Alexa Vega (2010-2012)

Born Country: United States

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Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males

U.S. State: Wyoming

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education: University of Nebraska Kearney, USC School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

awards: Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Independent Spirit Producers Award

Childhood & Early Life
Sean Covel was born on March 4, 1976, and grew up in the Black Hills ranching-railroading town of Edgemont, South Dakota. In 1998, he graduated with a major in broadcast management and a minor in acting, from the 'University of Nebraska,' Kearney. Covel then attended the 'University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts' and joined the 'Peter Stark Producing Program' to receive his MFA degree.
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Career
Covel worked as a talent scout in San Francisco and then started his own firm. However, he realized filmmaking was his true calling, and he decided to follow his passion soon after.
He co-produced the critically acclaimed 2004 independent comedy film 'Napoleon Dynamite,' along with Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt, and Jory Weitz. Covel and Wyatt were nominated for the “Best Producer” award at the ‘20th Independent Spirit Awards.' He also produced the TV adaptation (an animated sitcom) of the film that premiered on 'Fox' in 2012.
He produced the 2005 short film '12 Dogs of Christmas' in collaboration with 'Alchemist Productions' and 'Ken Kragen Productions.'
He collaborated with Wyatt again and co-produced the comedy film 'Think Tank,' directed by Brian Petersen. Though he had started working on the film soon after finishing college, it hit the theaters much later, on June 18, 2006.
Covel and Chris teamed up with Troy Craig Poon for the 2007 straight-to-DVD thriller–horror film 'Beneath,' which was the first partnership between 'Paramount Classics' and 'MTV Films.' He served as the executive producer of Wyatt's 2009 drama film 'Broken Hill.' Covel and Wyatt, along with J. Andrew Greenblatt, co-produced the 2010 indie movie 'Café.'
Some of the other notable projects produced by Covel are the 2013 comedy–action 'Concrete Blondes' and the 2017 movie 'Carter & June.' He was the executive producer of the 2014 documentary 'Driving Blind' and the 2017 drama film 'Tater Tot & Patton.'
Covel's 2019 TED talk session, titled 'The Mind is a Computer. The Question is How,' focused on the subjective framework of problem-solving.
Personal Life
Covel was married to actor Alexa Vega from October 10, 2010, until their divorce in December 2012.
In 2015, he established '12 Days of Pizza' in collaboration with 'Pizza Ranch,' to provide meals to elementary school children from low-income families, during their school holidays. The idea was conceived after Covel met Steve Cronin and Terri Larsen, the owners of the 'Rapid City Pizza Ranch,' and agreed to establish the charitable venture.
They began with the goal of supplying 1,200 meals. In its first year, '12 Days of Pizza' supplied 144 meals to 12 families. Over a period of 3 years, the number crossed 12,000. The initiative provided meals to both children and their families during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, Covel and illustrator Rebecca Swift launched a book series for children. 'Porter' and the 'Hoarder’ were two lead characters in the books. The series is now part of a charitable program with 'The United Way,' called the 'Black Hills Reads,' which provides books to elementary school children in the Black Hills area.

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