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O. Fatts is a writer and director known for critically acclaimed independent documentaries on complex African subjects.
O. Fatts was born, Seth Daniel Chase on April 27th, 1977, Bremerton, Washington, and was raised just outside Annapolis, Maryland. He is the son of Marjorie Elizabeth Chase, and Robert Joseph Chase, a builder and entrepreneur. He has a older brother, Jesse Chase, and a younger sister, Jaime. At Severna Park High school Seth was involved in sports, journalism as well as a few theatrical productions.
Seth attended Montana State University, where he majored in Media Theatre Arts with a focus on Motion Picture, Television. While there, Seth won the Panavision New Film maker award for his script: Talking Smack. Seth graduated with honors, fourth in his class and would spend the next five years paying off exorbitant student debt by working in the automotive industry in Portland, Oregon. Once free of debt, Seth left the United States to live in central Africa where he would begin his independent film career.
Seth based out of Bujumbura, Burundi for the next eight years funding himself by making advocacy films for international aid organizations. He made the first ever feature length documentary on Gender Based Violence in Burundi. The film was funded by the European Union and went viral upon completion. Called GBV; the film remains one of the most widely viewed Burundian documentaries. Seth published his first book, “Lust and The Lord” in 2017. He considers it the funniest book he has written to date. Seth spends his time between Montana, and Subsaharan Africa. He enjoys both locations but feels more at home in Africa than he does in North America.
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