Film Maker Sean Wilder Owen with Cahuilla Bird Singers Desmond Saubel and Mike Mirelez




Sean Wilder Owen studied still photography and film at the San Francisco Art Institute and began shooting  martial arts films in the late 1960’s.

In 1972, Sean spent two years as an apprentice to his father, master sculptor and painter John Henry Waddell focusing on light, composition and color. He was also teaching martial arts durring this time,  eventually gaining a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Following that apprenticeship he began his career teaching photography, video production, Tae Kwon Do and rock climbing in 1973 at Verde Valley School in Sedona Arizona. Later he was also Dean of students and assistant Headmaster at several Arts Boarding schools including Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston and Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild California.

Sean received a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch College in 1982. This gives a him unique ability to understand and interact in a more comprehensive manner with the subjects of his documentaries.

In 2003 Sean finally made the decision to focus entirely on his own work in documentary filmmaking and has never looked back.

Sean Wilder Owen is presently living in Durango, Co. with his wife artist Polly Walker, he has two grown daughters Lisa and Seana.



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