Steven’s directing background began in the music video industry where he worked with such acclaimed recording artists as Foo Fighters, Muse, OneRepublic, Pete Yorn and Paulina Rubio among others. From there, he moved into the documentary world with his debut, American Native, which tells the story of a reclusive tribe of Indians living thirty minutes from New York City in the hills of New Jersey. The film appeared at thirteen festivals around the world, taking home best documentary/director awards at four of them. Steven is currently in post-production on his second documentary, Accidental Climber, a look at one man’s attempt to become the oldest American to climb Mt. Everest. What ensued however was the worst disaster in mountaineering history, leaving sixteen climbers dead in a tragic avalanche.
Steven added producing to his resume with the documentary short “Kid Yamaka”, a deeply personal profile of troubled boxer Zachary Wohlman and his path to redemption through boxing, Judaism, and sobriety. The film enjoyed an impressive festival run and was selected to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. He then launched his own production company, James Lucy Productions, focused on producing long-form narrative content. James Lucy is currently developing an episodic series for AMC Networks about a notorious crime family from El Paso, Texas whose sibling rivalry and quest for the American dream fueled a 1970’s drug empire; as well as Steven’s feature film debut, My Name is Sara, based on the true story of a thirteen-year old Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust by stealing the identity of her Christian best friend.