Shaun O’Banion was drawn to the film business from an early age and got his first film industry job as a set P.A. on the Steven Spielberg series “SeaQuest DSV” during the series’ first season after sneaking onto the Universal lot for three months and asking for jobs.
From there, he segued to features (again after sneaking onto a set - this time a James Cameron production) and began to work his way up – first as a Production Assistant, Assistant Director and later, as an assistant to actors such as Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken, Ben Stiller, Courteney Cox and David Arquette and acclaimed filmmakers Joe Wright and Academy Award Nominee Peter Hedges.
His first film as a producer was released in 2008 by E1 Entertainment. That film, DAKOTA SKYE, remained in the Top 100 on Netflix for 5 years and has become a cult hit among teens, a regular topic on social networking sites like Twitter and Tumblr and is currently airing on Showtime, The Movie Channel, ComCast, Time Warner Cable and Hulu.
His second film, GIRLFRIEND, stars Shannon Woodward (HBO's upcoming series Westworld, Fox TV’s Raising Hope), Jackson Rathbone (THE TWILIGHT SAGA) and Golden Globe Nominee Amanda Plummer (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, PULP FICTION) and newcomer Evan Sneider. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and was one of 13 films to sell to a distributor in the first week of the Festival. In 2011, Shaun and his fellow producers won an IFP Gotham Award for the film as well as a host of other awards both internationally and here in the U.S.
His latest film, THE AUTOMATIC HATE, stars Joseph Cross (LINCOLN, MILK), Adelaide Clemens (GATSBY, Sundance Channel series Rectify), Richard Schiff (MAN OF STEEL, The West Wing), Deborah Ann Woll (Netlfix Original's Daredevil, HBO's True Blood) and Ricky Jay (HEIST, BOOGIE NIGHTS). The film recently made it's World Premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. It will next head to the Seattle International Film Festival before being released in N. America by Film Movement this fall.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, he has also produced National commercials (EA Sports, the Pepsi Refresh campaign, HIVE Lighting and Chevrolet), two episodes of Day Off with Noah Abrams (featuring celebrity chef Tyler Florence and Skate legend Tony Hawk) for the Planes, Traines & Automobiles Network which airs on the web and on Delta Airlines with 200 million unique views a year, and a live event in Los Angeles for The White House, Office of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Shaun is also an accomplished public speaker and teacher, having taught filmmaking courses at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco, California, SUNY Oneonta, New York, Metro-Arts High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and South Bay Adult School in Los Angeles, California. He has served on panels at the FIrstglance Film Festival, Hollywood and as both panelist and moderator at Hells Half Mile FIlm and Music Festival in Bay City, Michigan. He was also recently a member of an accomplished panel of independent producers at SAG-AFTRA in Los Angeles (which can be viewed below).
With several projects in various stages solely under the Ravenwood Films banner and others he'll produce with new partners like Broad Reach Films, he expects the next few years to be extremely busy.
THE AUTOMATIC HATE
Film by BN Films/Film Movement (Drama) Co-Producer When Davis Green's alluring young cousin Alexis shows up on his doorstep, he discovers a side of his family that had been kept secret his entire life. As the two get closer, they set out to uncover the shocking secret that tore their families apart. (IMDb)
Film by Wayne/Lauren Film Co./Strand Releasing (Drama) Producer A young man with Down syndrome romantically pursues a small-town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend. (IMDb)
Film by Desert Skye Entertainment/E1 Entertainment (Comedy, Drama and Sci-Fi) Producer Dakota Skye (Eileen April Boylan, South of Nowhere) has a super power. For as long as she can remember, she has been cursed with the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears. Now seventeen, Dakota has become apathetic towards life - until her boyfriend's best friend Jonah (Ian Nelson) arrives and catches her eye... An award-winning film festival favorite that mixes JUNO with a touch of Heroes. (D-Man2010 - IMDb)
Audience Award - IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards ("Girlfriend")
Jury Prize - Best Narrative Feature, Woods Hole FIlm Festival ("Girlfriend")
Audience Award, "Best of the Fest", 2011 Woods Hole Film Festival ("Girlfriend")
Grand Jury Prize, 2011 White Sands International Film Festival ("Girlfriend")
Best Director, 2011 White Sands International Film Festival ("Girlfriend)
Audience Award, "Best U.S. Feature Film", 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival ("Girlfriend")
Fabulous Feature Award, Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival ("Girlfriend")
Best Film, Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival ("Dakota Skye")
Best Film, Charlotte International Film Festival ("Dakota Skye")
Jury Prize, Best Film, FirstGlance Film Festival, Hollywood ("Dakota Skye")
Audience Choice Award, FirstGlance Film Festival, Hollywood ("Dakota Skye")
Best Ensemble - FirstGlance FIlm Festival, Hollywood ("Dakota Skye")
Best Screenplay, Phoenix International Film Festival ("Dakota Skye")
Breakthrough Performance, Eileen Boylan, Edmonton International Film Festival ("Dakota Skye")
Best Actor, Ian Nelson, Playhouse West Film Festival ("Dakota Skye")