Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities, and the evolving considerations of identity, visual language and narrative structure. His feature documentary, HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE was filmed over five years in China, Taiwan, Romania & Germany as he documented two of China's first dissident citizen-journalists as they reported on censored news throughout mainland China. The film was part of PBS's award-winning series P.O.V. and received Best Documentary & Cinematography awards at festivals in Boston, Little Rock, Woods Hole, London and Seoul. In 2013, he was awarded a Grierson Award, one of the U.K.'s highest documentary honors in the category Best Newcomer Documentary.
Stephen has directed several New York Times documentaries including the half-hour film HERS TO LOSE about failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn - one of the first long-form style film projects produced at the Times - and recipient of a World Press Photo Award for Online Features.
More recently, he directed and produced THE SURRENDER, which intimately documents brilliant intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's ordeal as he is harshly prosecuted under the Espionage Act and his final days before going to prison. THE SURRENDER has received Best Short Documentary Awards at festivals in New York, Boston, Nashville & St. Louis, including DocNYC. The Surrender was produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras and published on the investigative publications, The Intercept and Field of Vision.
Stephen has co-directed an on-going series of films about police-community relations and the criminal justice system, THE HUNTED & THE HATED and THE TARGET. He recently directed the one-hour CNN documentary, BLACK & BLUE which expands upon some of these subjects and policing issues in New York City.
Stephen is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program, a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, CAAM & New York State Council on the Arts, and a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow. He continues to direct an on-going series of films about policing and the criminal justice system and is an adjunct at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where he teaches summer courses in documentary filmmaking.