Hey, I'm Stephen!

Los Angeles, California

For the last eight years, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to call myself a filmmaker and actually do it for a living. While my approach has many facets, perhaps most important is my belief that filmmaking, in its purest and most perfect form, comes from the ability to be vulnerable. This allows us to create in a space that feels safe enough to fail. Safe enough to share our truths. Safe enough to be specific and not worry about if the audience has “lived” what they will see on screen. And it's out of this vulnerability, that we discover common bonds, shared emotions, and a more universal humanity.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Manji

New York City, New York Film Short
Documentary

Manji follows Rev. TK Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest living in America, on his mission to reclaim the swastika as a symbol of peace.

31%

22 days left

49 followers

Think Lovely Thoughts

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Experimental

Think Lovely Thoughts is a film about the push/pull for one mans sanity while his uncontrollable subconscious tears at his grip on reality.

166%

5 days left

151 followers

Day By Day

Tempe, Arizona Film Short
Drama

A glimpse into the uncertainties being of a teenager who unknowingly struggles with anxiety and anorexia in the 90s.

58%

3 days left

38 followers

The Rushing of the Sea

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Family

After her mother’s death, a young woman sinks into a grief where all speech sounds like the waves on the beach from their last perfect day.

120%

2 days left

283 followers

Alpha

Wilmington, North Carolina Film Short
Comedy, Satire

A self conscious young man tries to ask out his roommate by enlisting his best-friend to convert him into an alpha male.

115%

1 day left

48 followers

HELP YOURSELF

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

When a young woman wakes up in an alternate reality, she must come to terms with her new dream-life. Be careful what you wish for.

87%

1 day left

95 followers

Stranding

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Adventure, Animation

10-year-old Theo finds solace in a mysterious beached whale while his parents plan their divorce.

126%

This project got the green light!

Mildly Different (last phase prod. funding)

Maynooth, Ireland Film Short
Drama, Other

A young woman on the autism spectrum who struggles with the world around her until the kindness of one person changes her life.

86%

This project got the green light!

Chronicles of the Curious

Chicago, Illinois Series
Animation, Science

Chronicles of the Curious is an animated storytelling series spotlighting individuals who work or play in STEAM-related fields.

129%

This project got the green light!

FOUND

Longview, Washington Film Short
Drama

When the AD of Tabitha’s theatre company tokenizes her for his EDI initiative, she faces her reality of living in two skins as a Korean adop

137%

This project got the green light!

Uniball

Little Rock, Arkansas Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A young filmmaker documents her boyfriends Testicular Cancer diagnosis, and the week leading up to his testicle removal.

187%

This project got the green light!

Los Bellos

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Musical, LGBTQ

A musical-inspired film about family and breaking down toxic masculinity, with the help of a cat.

103%

This project got the green light!

Keep Me Where The Light Is Film

New York City, New York Film Short
Thriller, Drama

Trey, a young black man, finds himself trying to navigate his way out of situations he has no control of—inevitably leading to his downfall.

81%

This project got the green light!

HBCU Documentary: A Film Examining Black Education

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary, Film-related Business

HBCU Documentary is an exploration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the extraordinary people who choose to attend them.

108%

This project got the green light!

Ewok Hunt: A Star Wars Horror Story

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Sci-Fi, Horror

Stranded after the battle of Endor, two Imperial soldiers must survive the night as they’re stalked by the moon’s vengeful inhabitants.

104%

This project got the green light!

Mirage: A Short Film

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

Hooked to a drug that induces memories, a toxic, lifelong couple discovers escaping into their past is doomed for tragedy.

100%

This project got the green light!

overstimulated - a short film

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

a neurodivergent woman's past follows her through her new life in a new city.

104%

This project got the green light!

Room Rodeo

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Documentary, Drama

A wide-eyed boy is determined to complete a class project that proves his great grandfather is a legendary Black cowboy.

161%

This project got the green light!

BOUND the movie

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

In order to escape her drug dealing abusive stepfather, a young introvert flees to NYC. After successfully reinventing herself, she realizes

232%

This project got the green light!

Picture Day

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama

When a tomboy is suddenly transplanted to a new school, a decision to pierce her ears triggers a family crisis.

119%

This project got the green light!

someone somewhere

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Experimental

One fateful night, two college women are forced to come to terms with the unhealthy nature of their friendship.

191%

This project got the green light!

The Long Goodbye

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

Troubled by his Grandfather's sudden surgery, Matt's last minute visit accidentally exposes a truth no one is prepared to face.

91%

This project got the green light!

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