Steven Liang is a director and storyteller with roots in the rolling hills of Elysian Park’s historic Solano Canyon and the blazing sun of the South San Gabriel Valley. His sister, Carmen, is also an artist. Steven spent formative years in the back of his father’s Chinese take-out restaurant and mother’s garment factory. He’s always been curious about the human condition, and unafraid to be in the trenches. Resilience, the American Dream, underdogs, food, and the city of Los Angeles inspire his work. Steven is the recipient of the 2018 Ryan Murphy TV HALF Initiative, the 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellowship, the 2017 Armed with a Camera Fellowship, the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant, and the 2010 Fulbright Fellowship. He holds a B.A. in Asian American Studies from Pitzer College and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from UCLA.

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Ryan Murphy TV Half Initiative | 2018
Film Independent Directing Lab Fellowship | 2017
Armed with a Camera Fellowship | 2017
ABC-Disney Directing Fellowship | Finalist | 2016
Mary Pickford Award | 2015
Carl David Memorial Fellowship | 2015
AbelCine Documentary Grant | 2013
Fulbright-Hays Grant | 2010


A Film Brings Life to an Undocumented Transgender Latina Sex Worker | VICE Creator's Project
"Afuera" Exposes the Real World of an Undocumented Latinx Transgender Woman | Vibe Magazine
"Afuera" Hopes To Be This Year's "Tangerine" | Remezcla
This Short Film Shows The Hard And Dangerous Life Of Being Undocumented And Trans | We Are Mitú
LA Film Festival Interview, Afuera (Video) | Latino Review
Trans Actress Indya Moore on Representation | Afropunk
Justin Lin, Will Packer Join Judging Panel for NBCUniversal Short Film Festival | Hollywood Reporter
Film Independent Names 2017 Directing Lab Fellows | Deadline
Nan Goldin Wants You to Know She Didn't Invent Instagram | The New York Times


LA Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Palm Springs ShortsFest
NBCUniversal Short Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Asian American International Film Festival (New York)
Beijing Queer Film Festival
Boston Asian American Film Festival
Boston LGBT Film Festival                
CineSLAM: Vermont’s LGBT Film
InDPanda Film Festival (Hong Kong)
International Student Film Festival PÍSEK (Czech Republic)
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival                     
KASHISH: Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Marais Film Festival (Paris, France)
Peace & Love Film Festival (Örebro, Sweden)
Pride of the Ocean Film Festival
Q! Film Festival: Indonesia’s LGBT Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Seattle Transgender Film Festival
Taiwan Queer Film Festival
Queer Streifen Film Festival (Germany)


9-1-1, Season 2, Episode 17: “Be Careful What You Wish For” | Fox | dir. Brad Buecker
FRESH OFF THE BOAT, Season 3, Episode 20: "The Masters" | ABC | dir. Phil Traill
FRESH OFF THE BOAT, Season 3, Episode 21: "Pie vs. Cake" | ABC | dir. Nisha Ganatra
THE MIDDLE, Season 9, Episode 03: "Thanksgiving" | ABC | dir: Phil Traill
PURE GENIUS, Season 1, Episode 03: "You Remember This" | CBS | dir. Jessica Yu




Production Guest Instructor | Bay Area Video Coalition, Bridges Fellowship
Guest Speaker | To Foster Change Initiative, PBS SoCal
Mentor | OutSet LGBT Youth Mentorship Program, Outfest
Guest Speaker | Social Documentation and Asian Americans | The Claremont Colleges
Instructor | Documentary Production Workshop | Pomona College, Pacific Basin Institute
Teaching Assistant | UCLA School of Theatre, Film & TV


Peabody Awards, Nominating Committee, Nonfiction
Asian Pacific Islander Reentry & Inclusion Through Support and Empowerment (API RISE)


M.F.A. Directing, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
B.A. Communication Studies and Asian American Studies, Pitzer College