|Other names||Sean C. Covel|
(m. 2010; div. 2012)
Covel grew up in Edgemont, South Dakota and attended college at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, majoring in Broadcast Management with a minor in acting. Covel then took a position as a headhunter in San Francisco, and eventually opened his own firm before ultimately turning his attention back to film making. Covel received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Peter Stark Producing Program where he occasionally lectures.
After college, Covel began work on the film Think Tank. In 2003 he joined the team writing and producing Napoleon Dynamite, which won critical acclaim. For his and Chris Wyatt's work on the film, they were nominated for the producer award at the 20th Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2015, he founded a children's charity, 12 Days of Pizza, which works annually with Black Hills Community Bank and Pizza Ranch to help low-income elementary school children eat over school holiday periods. It started with 144 meals being provided to 12 families, and grew to 12,000 meals to over 1000 food-insecure families with elementary school aged children over a three-year period.
- American Gulag (Short film - 2002) - Producer
- Accomplice (Short film - 2003) - Producer
- Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - Producer
- The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005) - Producer
- Think Tank (2006) - Producer
- Beneath (2007) - Producer
- Broken Hill (2009) - Executive Producer
- Cafe (2011) - Producer
- Napoleon Dynamite (TV Series -2012) - Producer
- Concrete Blondes (2013) - Producer
- Driving Blind (Documentary - 2014) - Executive Producer
- Carter & June (2017) - Producer
- Tater Tot & Patton (2017) - Executive Producer
- Sean Covel on IMDb
- Notable Alumni Archived February 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Accessed March 10, 2008.
- "USC Cinematic Arts | School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile". cinema.usc.edu. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- "Napoleon Dynamite". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster.
- Harris, Dana (November 30, 2004). "Nominees: Spirit Awards hoist a glass to 'Sideways'". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
- McCants, Jeffrey E. (July 16, 2006). "Got money?; 'Dynamite' producer says even art takes a bit of moolah". Minneapolis Star Tribune.
- "Berlin: 'Napoleon Dynamite' Producer Unveils Heist 'Carter & June'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- Fuente, Anna Marie de la (February 15, 2011). "Maya visits 'Cafe'". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
- "Edgemont Celebrates "Sean's New Movie"". Edgemont Tribune. October 14, 2009. Archived from the original on November 27, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009.
After the Saturday evening (7 pm) show, Vega came to the front for what was intended to be a question and answer session. However, during the show, Sean had surprised her with an engagement ring, so that took center stage!
- Perez, Taylar. "12 Days of Pizza back for another year". Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- Rain, Click (July 4, 2018). "12 Days of Pizza | Pizza Ranch". Pizza Ranch. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
- "TATER TOT & PATTON | Dances With Films". danceswithfilms.com. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
- "PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE: An Interview with Producer Sean Covel - ScriptFest". ScriptFest. June 3, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2018.