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He began his career as a creative director for Larry Flynt Publications. He co-wrote, designed, and directed the motion-pictures Nightdreams (parts 2 & 3), Café Flesh, Party Doll a-Go-Go (parts 1 & 2), and Dr. Caligari, a semi-sequel to the 1919 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The film premiered as an opening night selection (Midnight Madness) at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In addition to film and videos, he designed and directed for network television, MTV, and the stage. As a print art director, he collaborated on numerous motion-picture one-sheets including films by Brian De Palma, John Carpenter, and Tobe Hooper. His print work has appeared in many publications, including Zoom magazine.
- 2007 XRCO Hall of Fame inductee – Film Creator
- 2017 AVN Hall of Fame inductee – Performers and directors
- "The Surreal Visions of Rinse Dream", Ultra Violent Magazine, issue 4
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- "Dr. Caligari" in: Gods In Spandex: A Survivors' Account Of 80s Cinema Obscura. (UK: Succubus Press, 2007)
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- "Hillary Scott Big Winner at XRCO Awards". XBIZ. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "XRCO 2006 AWARD CATEGORIES, NOMINATIONS, AND WINNERS". 5 April 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- "Class of 2017: The AVN Hall of Fame's Newest Inductees". AVN. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Stephen Sayadian on IMDb
- Stephen Sayadian at the Internet Adult Film Database as a director
- director Stephen Sayadian at the Adult Film Database
- Stephen Sayadian (30 September 2013). "Etrange 2013 Interview: Stephen Sayadian Is 'The Most Interesting Man In The World'". twitchfilm (Interview). Interviewed by Ben Croll. Archived from the original on 2015-04-27. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
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