15 july, 1974
Seth Gordon (born July 15, 1976) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film editor. He has produced and directed both film and TV for several major film and television studios, and for PBS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations 1% For Development Fund. His films have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival.
Gordon was born in Evanston, Illinois, and has lived in New York, London and Seattle. In Seattle, Seth attended and graduated from Lakeside School, the alma mater of Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Craig Mccaw, and Daniel Wu. He then attended Yale University where he studied architecture, acted in The Exit Players and various campus productions, and was elected to Wolf's Head Society. While in school he spent six months in Kenya, helping develop the school and infrastructure for the small village of Shimanyiro in Kenya. In one instance, securing funding for a local school led to a crisis involving "an imbalance of need and greed", which itself provided the basis for an early film project. When he returned to Yale, Gordon taught himself how to edit his footage on an Avid editing machine. Gordon also attended the Career Discovery Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has said some of his influences are Christopher Guest, Alexander Payne, and Alejandro González Iñárritu