Sean Witzke is a writer currently living in Brooklyn. Sean specializes in building a clear, research-driven approach to place his subjects in a larger historical or cultural context for a general audience. Frequently these subjects have been about film, be that the importance of Wes Craven’s impact on cinema or the roots of the first fictionalized western in American society.
Sean has had nonfiction, short stories, essays, diaries and reviews that have been published at Grantland, The Ringer, The Comics Journal, Wired, Studygroup Magazine, The Factual Opinion, Riot Fest, The Art of Storytelling Magazine and Comics Alliance. He’s written a serial for Image Comics’ Prophet: Earth War. He’s interviewed artists, writers and critics for critical, press and audio outlets. He has contributed essays to textbooks for The Sequart Organization.
He’s produced, edited, booked and hosted the long running (8 years and counting) film podcast Travis Bickle on the Riviera, as well as produced & edited the Trash Twins podcast. He’s created video projects for Grantland and The Factual Opinion, including supercuts, explainers and a multi-hour documentary on the history of the western through the lens of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful 8.
He has had two years local news production experience for live television, including Blue Ridge Communications and Service Electric. He has attended and covered the Berlin Film Festival, New York Comic Con and Small Press Expo as a member of the press.
Sean holds a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He holds an Associate’s of Education from Northampton Community College.
He tried to buy a Primal Scream XTRMNTR tour tee from Loudon Wainright III at a music festival once. He didn’t know it was Loudon Wainwright at the time.