Seith Mann is an American director, editor, and writer.
Mann was inspired to become a director when he saw the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing. Mann graduated from Morehouse College and later earned an MFA in film at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Mann's thesis at New York University was the short film Five Deep Breaths. It was awarded the Spike Lee fellowship while in development in 2002. The film is set an all-black college and deals with the aftermath of a physical assault upon a young woman by her boyfriend, and the actions of the victim's secret lover and his friends. Mann has commented that he likes morally ambiguous situations.
The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. It won first place in the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation award (for Best Short Film), and The Carl Lerner Award for Film with Social Significance at the 2003 New York University First Run Festival. It was selected to screen at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and one of four American shorts to screen at the Cinefondation Competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. It won a Gold Plaque for Narrative Short Film at the 2003 Chicago International Film Festival. It also won the Best Narrative Short Film award at the 2003 Los Angeles IFP/West Film Festival.
In 2006, Mann joined the directing crew of The Wire's fourth season. After The Wire, Mann worked on Grey's Anatomy directing two episodes in 2006, "Name of the Game" and "Don't Stand So Close to Me". In 2007 Mann was nominated for a DGA Award in the category Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for his work on the "Name of the Game". Mann has also directed episodes of Heroes, Cold Case, Lincoln Heights, Jericho, Entourage, Friday Night Lights and Fringe.