Stephen Maing is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker based in New York City. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities confronting complex power structures, and the nuanced storytelling of observational and visually-driven narratives. His 2018 film CRIME + PUNISHMENT, filmed over four years, is a highly cinematic and systemic look at police corruption and criminal justice dysfunction through unprecedented access to a group of minority whistleblower cops, a rogue private investigator and wrongfully imprisoned youth. CRIME + PUNISHMENT received a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a 2019 Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Film and was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary.
Stephen’s previous feature documentary, HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, chronicled the gripping story of China's first dissident citizen-journalists fighting state-monitored censorship and was broadcast nationally on the award winning series P.O.V. His short film, THE SURRENDER, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, documented the extreme and selective prosecution of a talented State Department analyst under the Espionage Act. THE SURRENDER received a 2016 World Press Photo Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary.
Stephen has made numerous short films published on Time Magazine, PBS, The Nation, New York Times, The Intercept and Field of Vision. Most recently he directed the 2020 film DIRTY GOLD which follows illicit gold found in consumer products to criminally-operated Miami refineries and ultimately cartel-controlled mines in the Amazon rainforest. The documentary is part of the second season of Alex Gibney's Dirty Money series on Netflix.
He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and recipient of the International Documentary Association's inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant as well as a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow and recipient of the IDA's prestigious Courage Under Fire Award. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and currently developing non-fiction and fiction projects including an ambitious longitudinal portrait of fractured American identity called The Great Experiment. He is a frequent visiting artist and lecturer of film and cinematography and in his spare time plays and performs music, most often with his baby daughter.