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After attending CalArts Film School, Steve Balderson had something many film makers 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, starring Karen Black and Mike Patton, 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. In 2011, the U.S. Library of Congress selected his film THE CASSEROLE CLUB, starring Susan Traylor and Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, 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 happily shares his secrets in Maverick Filmmaking Workshops, where he instructs and inspires filmmakers young and old.

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

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U.S. Library of Congress Permanent Collection (The Casserole Club)
Winner Best Dramatic Film Editing 2015 Van Gogh Awards (El Ganzo)
Winner Best Feature Film 2015 Crimson Screen Horror Awards (Hell Town)
Nominee Best Director 2015 Crimson Screen Horror Awards (Hell Town)
Winner Best Director 2011 Independent Vision Awards (The Casserole Club)
Winner Best Picture 2011 Independent Vision Awards (The Casserole Club)
Nominee The 2011 Abe Schrager Award for Cinematography (The Casserole Club)
Nominee Best International Feature 2008 Raindance Film Festival (Watch Out)
Winner Special Jury Award Roger Ebert’s Best Films of 2005 (Firecracker)
Winner Domani Vision Award 2005 Visionfest NYC (Firecracker)
Winner Best Picture 2005 Visionfest NYC (Firecracker)
Nominee Best Picture 2005 Fantasporto (Firecracker)
Nominee Best Picture 2004 Raindance Film Festival (Firecracker)
Nominee Best Picture 1999 Great Plains Film Festival (Pep Squad)
Nominee Best Picture 1999 Fantasporto (Pep Squad)

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