STEPHEN EARNHEART - DIRECTOR
STEPHEN EARNHART (writer/director/performer) has worked as a multidisciplinary artist based in NYC for more than twenty-five years. As Director of Production for Miramax Films, Stephen supervised all aspects of production for such films as Madonna: Truth or Dare, Neil Jordan's The Miracle, and Bill Duke's A Rage in Harlem. Stephen also worked on several seasons of Saturday Night Live.
As a film director / producer, Stephen’s critically acclaimed documentary Mule Skinner Blues was distributed by Sundance Channel theatrically, on cable TV and home video. His feature documentary Source of Pride, which chronicles the journeys of Ed Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight through the shooting of the feature film Pride & Glory was released by New Line Cinema / Warner Bros. Stephen directed and produced both films. He recently completed a feature fiction film, Exit Strategy, which he wrote, directed and performed all roles. This gritty yet uplifting film utilizes animation and live action to tell the story of a group of substance abusers living together in a sober house trying their best to recover their lives.
Stephen has produced music videos for David Byrne's Luacabop label, produced video content for companies such as IBM, American Express, Kenneth Cole, and Radio City, and produced internet content for artists such as Santana, KD Lang, The Who, Seal, Sammy Hagar, Sheryl Crowe, and The Wallflowers. Since 2011, he has directed over two-dozen profile documentaries, music videos and short films for Barnes & Noble and the 50-year anniversary film for the Asian Cultural Council.
As a theater maker, Stephen focuses on visual storytelling to create cinematic stage productions. His hallmark production was a multimedia adaptation of Haruki Murakami's international best-selling novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The play’s world premiere was held at the Edinburgh International Festival, toured to the Singapore Arts Festival and was featured in The Public Theater's Under the Radar festival in NYC.
Stephen has received fellowships from The Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council and has been supported by The Japan Foundation, The Japan-US Friendship Commission, New York State Council for the Arts, The Asia Society, The Greenwall Foundation, The Saison Foundation, and The Doris Duke Foundation. He won the 2016 Ko Festival Story Slam at the University of Amherst, Mass. Stephen holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (film) and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College (Theater.) He's also a Kundalini yoga teacher, a vegan chef, an avid surfer, plays the marimba, and is a grateful survivor of Covid-19.