ABOUT

Steven Liang is an award-winning director who makes films that tell the stories of queers, outsiders, and diverse millennials. Growing up queer, working-class, and the child of Chinese-immigrants in Los Angeles’ east-side, Steven has a penchant for exploring characters living on the fringe of society, and their resilient quest for identity, community, and freedom.

Steven has directed three short films. AFUERA (2016), premiered at the LA Film Festival and screened at Palm Springs ShortFest and NBC ShortFest. The film, which features a largely transgender Latina cast, garnered distribution from Frameline, and was featured in VICE and Vibe Magazines. COMING HOME (2015), a Taiwan-U.S. co-production, screened at thirty international film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and Outfest. The film made history as the first gay-themed project funded by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and is distributed by Outplay Films. Steven's documentary short, A BETTER LIFE (2014), garnered the AbelCine Grant for excellence in nonfiction filmmaking.

Steven’s television experience includes shadowing directors on the ABC sitcom FRESH OFF THE BOAT and the CBS medical drama PURE GENIUS. He was an ABC-Disney Directing Program finalist, and was selected as a 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow for his feature script, GRAND PRIZE. Steven started his entertainment career as an intern for Justin Lin's Universal-based Barnstorm Pictures, Participant Media, and Visual Communications. He holds a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.F.A. in Directing from UCLA Film School.

 

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AWARDS

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

PRESS

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

FILM FESTIVALS

LA Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Palm Springs ShortsFest
NBCUniversal Short Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Outfest
Frameline
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)

TV SHADOWING EXPERIENCE  

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

CLIENTS

NIKE
VICE

TEACHING + TALKS

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

EDUCATION

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