One of .Mic’s Six Filmmakers breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, Steven J. Kung is the writer-director of A Leading Man, winner of two best feature awards.
Kung also directed the award-winning documentary, SPEW: The Competitive World of High School Debate as well as promotional videos for the development campaigns of the Victory Fund and the University of Virginia. A dual director and UPM member of the Directors Guild of America, he produced Ernest Borgnine’s last movie, The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernández, and co-chairs the DGA Asian American Committee.
Previously, Kung worked as the assistant to Matthew Weiner on Mad Men, His first job upon graduating from the CAA mailroom was working as a development executive for Academy Award-winning producer Edward Saxon (Adaptation, Silence of the Lambs). Kung is currently the writer's assistant on the Nick Nolte comedy Graves.
Kung honed his craft at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he was awarded the Multicultural Motion Picture Association Scholarship for incorporating Asian American perspectives into his filmmaking and the Lily Tomlin Performing Arts Scholarship for using film to advance LGBT rights. In addition to his M.F.A. from USC, Kung holds a B.A. with High Distinction in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Former President Richard Graves has the epiphany, twenty years after leaving office, that his policies have damaged the country for decades. This, as his wife, the former First Lady, has political ambitions if her own.
Television (Drama) Production manager This new fictional dramatic series, following the staff of a "Compass Guide" camp, gives us a heartfelt look at the power of brotherhood, the beauty of the American wilderness, and the path to self-discovery.
A Leading Man
Film (Drama) Director When a young and talented Chinese American actor is fired from a starring role on a television show, he attempts to salvage his career by entering into a romantic relationship with a successful casting director.
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez
Film (Comedy, Drama and Western) Production manager Ernest Borgnine plays Rex Page, an old man who is bitter about never becoming famous and having lived a life without any meaning. After suffering a stroke, he ends up in a nursing home staffed by Latin American immigrants. Put off by the situation, Rex focuses his energy on getting out, which places him at odds with the Latino workers. However, their relationship takes on new meaning when it is discovered that he once shook hands with Vicente Fernandez, a Mexican singer, producer and actor idolized throughout Latin culture. The employees soon begin to treat Rex like the celebrity he's always dreamed of being. Written by Anonymous
Television (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew A comedic web series about Hastings Consulting, a fictional management consulting company. Whereas "The Office" is bumbling middle management, "The Consultants" is about that back-office nether region comprised of wanna be masters-of-the-universe who work hard, get paid a ton, and treat themselves too seriously! Written by Anonymous
Spew: The World of Competitive Debate
Film (Documentary and Short) Director Every summer, the nation's best and brightest high school debaters attend preparatory camps. SPEW documents the most exclusive of these camps: the Dartmouth Debate Institute (DDI) in Hanover, New Hampshire. Each year, the DDI culminates in a institute-wide tournament, the winner of which has gone on to win the national high school Tournament of Champions sixteen of the last eighteen years. Written by Patton Dodd