Stephen Maing

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[ID: Stephen, an Asian-American man with shoulder-length black hair, glasses, and a dark shirt, looks into the camera.]

Documentary Filmmaker
New York, NY
2021 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Paul and Annette Smith.

Stephen Maing is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in New York City. Maing’s feature documentary Crime + Punishment was awarded a 2019 Emmy and the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; it was also shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. His films High Tech, Low Life, Dirty Money/Dirty Gold, and The Surrender have been recognized with a Grierson Trust British Documentary Award, a World Press Photo Award for Best Documentary, and a Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Documentary Journalism Award.

He is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow, and recipient of the International Documentary Association’s prestigious Courage Under Fire Award. His films seek to expand the form and limits of longitudinal nonfiction filmmaking. They are cinematic investigations of societal phenomena, complex power structures, and the individuals who challenge them.

He is currently developing nonfiction and fiction projects, including an ambitious experimental portrait of fractured American identity. Maing was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and is a frequent visiting artist and lecturer of filmmaking and cinematography.

Portrait photo by Trina Rodriguez.
  • Artwork by Stephen Maing
    Crime + Punishment, 2018.
    [ID: Framed at a low angle in front of an apartment building, an NYPD cop in a winter hat looks warily into the distance.]
  • Artwork by Stephen Maing
    Crime + Punishment, 2018.
    [ID: A woman in sunglasses stands in tall grass, her face partially turned to the camera. Out-of-focus blades of grass in the foreground partially obscure another person to her left.]
  • Artwork by Stephen Maing
    The Great Experiment (In production).
    [ID: Two teens walk through a field of tall grass. One is dressed in army fatigues and wearing a handkerchief face covering, while the other carries a skateboard.]
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