Steven J. Kung

Director UPM

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 show Dear White People and a director in the Disney ABC Directing Program.

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.


A Leading Man (Director)

Camp Abercorn (2nd Unit Director & UPM)

The Man who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (UPM)

Co-chair, Asian American Committee