After attending CalArts Film School, Steve Balderson had something many filmmakers don't achieve in a lifetime: a fully realized artistic vision.  At the young age of 23, he made his first full-length feature film, Pep Squad, which became a cult classic.  His second film, Firecracker, was praised by critics worldwide and given a Special Jury Award on Roger Ebert’s list of 2005’s Best Films.  His third film, Watch Out, was praised by critics as “One of the great cult films of all time” and shortlisted for Best International Feature in various film festivals.  And, the U.S. Library of Congress selected his 2011 film The Casserole Club for its permanent collection.


Film Threat magazine says, “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.”


Interested not just in film but also architecture, design and elements of time and space, Balderson's milieu is all-inclusive and his work bears an unmistakable, individual stamp.  Though he chuckles when he says his idea of a good time is ‘going out to sketch a story board,’ he's not kidding.  Driven and prolific, Balderson has also begun sharing his secrets in a Maverick Filmmaking Intensive, where he instructs and inspires filmmakers, both first-timers and those looking for a new perspective in the world of digital technology and alternative distribution.


More information about Steve Balderson can be found via Dikenga Films or by searching his name on the internet.

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