Sebastian Rea – Fellows Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I’m the Content Operations Manager at Tribeca Enterprises. I started interning here in 2010 while finishing my bachelors in film and political science at SUNY Purchase College. When I graduated in the winter of 2011, I was hired full time in Janurary of 2012 as the Content Coordinator and by 2014 I became Manager. I always knew I wanted to work in film ever since I was three years old. 

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The biggest challenge of my work is to be ahead of the curb in turns of storytelling, finding the most innovative ways to shoot film, tell stories, and keeping up with culturally important events. 

What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is winning the emerging director awards at the Queens World International Film Festival and the Awareness Film Festival in LA, as well as premiering my recent short film at the Short Film Corner in Cannes 2015. 

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
I admire Mahatma Gandhi, Robert Rodriguez, and James Baldwin. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years, I see myself directing films and establishing my 30UNDER30 Film Festival as a cultural resource around the world. 

Did you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else? How has that experience changed you?
I’ve had mentors before, in school and in work. They’ve helped me find myself and taught me to focus on my future. I do mentor a film student, part of the Tribeca Film Institute, and it’s taught me to give back to the younger generation. It’s taught me to be a bridge between the past and the future and offer guidance for young filmmakers that I never had as a child myself. 

What do you hope to gain from your CUP Fellows Program experience to help you make a significant and positive impact in your community?
Through CUP, I hope to meet the right leaders in different fields from politics, law, business and media, that would help me solidify my presence as a leader in my initiatives.