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 first feature documentary, HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE filmed over five years, 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 and was awarded a Grierson Award, one of the U.K.'s documentary honors in the category Best Newcomer Documentary.
His short doc THE SURRENDER, produced with Academy Award winner Laura Poitras, intimately documents State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's ordeal as he is harshly prosecuted under the Espionage Act and sent to prison. THE SURRENDER received a 2016 World Press Photo Award for Best Documentary, Pictures of the Year International’s first prize in Documentary Journalism and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary.
His most recent feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT tells the gripping story of a brave group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.
Stephen has directed films for the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Nation, The Intercept and Field of Vision. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program, a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, CAAM, Ford Foundation, and recipient of the International Documentary Association's inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant. He is a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow and an adjunct at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where he teaches summer courses in documentary filmmaking. Stephen is currently co-directing the forthcoming documentary, The Great Experiment.