Adam Stein

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Adam Stein
Adamstein yoyoma.jpg
Stein answering questions on stage with Yo-Yo Ma after a performance and screening.
Born Miami, Florida
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, editor
Years active 2003–present

Adam Stein is an American film director, screenwriter, and editor working in Los Angeles, California.

Stein graduated from Harvard University and attended film school at the University of Southern California, with a focus on directing. Prior to working as a director, he edited several independent features that played at film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW.[1][2]

On The Lot[edit]

Adam Stein was a contestant on On The Lot, the Fox Television reality show produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett.

The films that Adam Stein created for On The Lot consistently received the highest reviews from the show's judges. Actress/writer Carrie Fisher said of his film Army Guy: "that was one of the most innovative, freaky, fantastic films I have seen." Director Gary Ross called Stein's filmmaking "charming, unbelievably ambitious, and really really technically proficient."

At least one celebrity judge chose Stein as their favorite filmmaker each time he made a film. New York Magazine called the director a "wunderkind".[3] When Film Threat reviewed his film Dough: The Musical, the magazine said that it "covered a lot of visual ground and was extremely accomplished in lyrics, dancing, singing and acting."[4]

Writing and directing[edit]

In 2016, Adam Stein directed episodes for the first and second seasons of the Disney XD series Mech-X4. He was also the director of the Disney Channel pilot "Forever Boys."[5] Before that, he directed comedy pieces for Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

Stein has written and directed dozens of short films and music videos, which have been released around the world. He directed the music video "Suburban Symphony" for the Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone album. This music video was first screened at an orchestral performance conducted by Andrea Morricone, with Yo-Yo Ma playing live.[6] The music video was then sold as part of the album's bonus DVD.[7]

His USC film Hot Java played at many festivals around the country, and won the top prize at the Gen Art Film Festival.[8] His film script Tangles won an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for screenwriting.[9]

With film school collaborator Sam Friedlander and actor Mark Feuerstein, he made "Lazy Monday", an online parody described as a "west coast rap battle" response to Saturday Night Live's "Lazy Sunday". This video was widely played and widely copied, being featured on VH1, Bravo, and many other media outlets. After the release of this video, CNN's Paula Zahn interviewed Stein and Feuerstein about making content for the web.[10]


Stein has worked as an editor on several feature films, including:


  1. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (20 June 2007). "Local Dreamer Gets Break "On The Lot"". The Miami Herald. p. A4.
  2. ^ Balakrishna, Aditi (27 July 2007). "His Lot to Lose". The Harvard Crimson.
  3. ^ New York Magazine, June 2007, naming Adam Stein's film "Best Picture."
  4. ^ Film Threat review. Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Article from Variety about "Forever Boys" pilot., August 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Variety review of the Yo-Yo Ma performance and Stein's music video, November 5, 2004.
  7. ^ Film Score Magazine's review of the Yo-Yo Ma DVD Archived October 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Variety Staff (27 January 2005). "Miami fest likes it "Hot"". Variety.
  9. ^ Sloan Foundation profile.
  10. ^ Transcript of CNN interview.
  11. ^ "Adam Stein at Internet Movie Database". IMDB.

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