Steve Balderson

Visionary Director | Genre-Diverse Storyteller | Best-Selling Author

With a career built on a foundation of remarkable versatility and a dynamic approach to filmmaking, Steve Balderson is the epitome of a genre-crossing director. His ability to seamlessly transition between contrasting genres and styles while maintaining a high degree of artistic integrity is what sets him apart in the realm of modern cinema.

Renowned film critic Roger Ebert celebrated Steve’s film, FIRECRACKER, starring Karen Black and Mike Patton, by presenting it with a Special Jury Award on his annual Best Films of the Year list. Steve’s directorial debut, PEP SQUAD, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and quickly ascended to the status of a cult classic of the 90s.

Steve’s remarkable diversity in storytelling is further highlighted by THE CASSEROLE CLUB, a film that resonated so profoundly that the U.S. Library of Congress selected it for its permanent collection. This emotionally complex piece starred Backstreet Boys’ Kevin Richardson and is testament to Steve’s ability to succeed in any genre he ventures into.

His impressive body of work has positioned him at #47 on IMDb’s Top 100 Gay and Lesbian directors currently making waves in the industry. Film Threat magazine praised Steve’s work, stating, “Balderson makes movies that are so gorgeous that it’s not unreasonable to say that, cinematographically at least; he’s the equal of an Argento or Kubrick in their prime. Some people have perfect vocal pitch, Steve has perfect visual composition.”

Steve Balderson is a novel filmmaker, continuously pushing the boundaries of cinema, mastering diverse genres, and captivating audiences worldwide. His name resonates as a beacon of innovation and creative mastery in the industry.

Steve’s talents extend beyond directing. In 2020 his debut book, “Filmmaking Confidential,” hit Amazon’s best-seller list, marking his successful foray into literature. He is a regular contributor to The Advocate and MovieMaker magazines, imparting his wisdom to budding filmmakers and enthusiasts alike. His insightful teachings also led him to the classrooms of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a guest lecturer. At 40 years old. His latest masterpiece, “Year of The Whore,” is an erotic memoir.