Stephen Winter is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist whose new series Adventures in New America, an afrofuturistic polyglot sci-fi radio political satire co-created with Tristan Cowen, premiered Fall 2018 on the Night Vale Network. The New York Times said of Adventures in New America, “The Best New Social Thriller is a Podcast,” and compared the show to the work of Boots Riley and Jordan Peele.
Stephen’s 2015 feature film Jason and Shirley was called “one of the year’s finest” by Richard Brody in The New Yorker. Jason and Shirley played AGO in Toronto and had a sold-out 2 week run at MoMA in New York. His award winning 1996 debut film Chocolate Babies premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, won awards at SXSW, Urbanworld and OutFest and enjoyed a 2016 revival at New York's Anthology Film Archives and at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum in 2018.
In 2004, Stephen was co-director of MIX NYC experimental queer film festival and produced Jonathan Caouette’s landmark “narci-cinema” feature documentary Tarnation (A.O. Scott, New York Times) which premiered at Sundance, Cannes, LAIFF and NYFF. He has worked creatively with Lee Daniels on The Butler, The Paperboy, Precious, Shadowboxer, John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus, Hedwig & The Angry Inch), John Krokidas (Kill Your Darlings), David France (The Death & Life Of Marsha P. Johnson, How To Survive A Plague), Xan Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, Allen Hughes, Gus Van Sant and Steve Harvey. His short play Be Still was included in 24 by 24: The 24 Hour Plays Anthology, published by Playscripts.
Stephen has taught revolutionary cinema at Cornell University, Pratt University, Brooklyn College and Williams College. MFA at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago and certification at the African-American owned-and-operated Community Film Workshop of Chicago. In June of 2018, Stephen participated in Ryan Murphy's Half-Initiative, which aims to make Hollywood more inclusive by creating equal opportunities for women and people of color behind the camera. Stephen shadowed director Gwyneth Horder-Payton on the season one finale of Pose (FX).