Steven Cantor is an American film/television director and film/television producer. Seven of his films have been nominated for Emmy Awards, with one winning, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his first film. Notable works include the films Tent City, USA, Unraveled, No One Dies in Lily Dale, Reporter with Nicholas Kristof, I Am an Animal, What Remains, loudQUIETloud: A Film about Pixies, American Masters: Willie Nelson, Devil's Playground, Blood Ties, and "Dancer."
Cantor graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television. He is the founder of NY based Stick Figure Productions, which he ran for 12 years, prior to selling it in 2013 to Ora, the digital network owned by Carlos Slim Helu. In 2016, Cantor reacquired the company from the Slims and is now once again the sole proprietor.
Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (1994) Director/Producer: Nominated for a 1994 Academy Award in the category of Best Short Subject Documentary; examines renowned photographer Sally Mann's pictures of her children.
Devil's Playground (2002) Producer: Nominated for an Emmy; explores the supposed tradition in Amish culture called Rumspringa; the film follows several Amish teenagers who leave their communities to explore the non-Amish world (widely but erroneously believed a normative practice among the Amish). At some point they must decide whether to commit to the strict rules of the Amish Church, or leave their families behind to join "English" society. The film spawned a reality series, "Amish in the City", which Cantor's Stick Figure banner executive produced, as well as a non-fiction book Rumspringa by Tom Shachtman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).
"American Masters: Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving" (2004) – Director/Producer: An inside look at an American icon as he deals with two families, his relations and his nearly lifelong bandmates.
What Remains (2005) Director/Producer: Studies a further project of Mann’s, a provocative photo series exploring the way in which nature assimilates the body once life has left it, directly confronting American attitudes towards death. The film screened first at The Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before premiering on HBO.
loudQUIETloud (2006) Director/Producer: Follows the ups and downs of alternative music group The Pixies in their unexpected reformation and the reunion tour.
"I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA" (2007) Producer: A candid and introspective look at the extreme beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, the British-born co-founder and driving force behind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal-rights organization.
"Reporter" (2009) Producer: Follows journalist Nicholas Kristof to the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the growing humanitarian crisis.
No One Dies in Lily Dale (2011) Director/Producer: Explores the idyllic community of Lily Dale, a small town boasting the world's largest concentration of mediums (people who claim to communicate with spirits of the deceased).
Unraveled (2011) Producer: Scrutinizes prominent lawyer Marc Dreier's financial crimes, and depicts his struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of his actions.
"Tent City, U.S.A." (2012) Producer/Director: A look at a homeless community in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Chasing Tyson" (2015) Producer/Director: Evander Holyfield's career defining quest for respectability by beating his notorious rival.
"Dancer" (2016) Director: The life of talented but controversial ballet phenom, Sergei Polunin.
STEP (2017) Producer: Documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.
Family Bonds (2004) Director, Executive Producer: explores the lives of the Evangelistas, a family of bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in Long Island.
"Amish: Out of Order" (2012) Executive Producer: Documents Mose Gingerich, an Ex-Amish man living in Missouri, and the group of Ex-Amish youths he guides and helps to adapt to English society.
"American Gypsies" (2012) Executive Producer: An unprecedented look into the clandestine world of gypsies, through the eyes of one of the most powerful families in New York, the Johns Family.
"Catching Hell" (2014) Executive Producer: A team of underwater spear fishermen battle the challenges of the seas, while trying to eke out a living.
|1994||Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann||Director/Producer||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)|
|2000||Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope||Director/Producer|
|2002||Devil's Playground||Producer||Nominated — Emmy Award|
|2002||Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving||Director/Producer||Won — Emmy Award|
|2003||The AMC Project||Executive Producer|
|2004||Amish in the City||Executive Producer|
|2004||Family Bonds||Executive Producer||Nominated — Emmy Award|
|2005||What Remains||Director/Producer||Nominated — Emmy Award|
|2005||The Biz||Executive Producer|
|2006||#1 Single||Executive Producer|
|2006||loudQUIETloud: A film about the Pixies||Director/Producer|
|2007||James Blunt in Kosovo||Director/Producer|
|2007||I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA||Producer|
|2007–2008||Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane||Executive Producer|
|2009||Reporter||Producer||Nominated — Emmy Award|
|2009||Inside: Night Shift – Repo Men||Executive Producer|
|2009||Guardian Angels||Executive Producer|
|2010||Amish at the Altar||Executive Producer|
|2010||Amish: Out of the Order||Executive Producer|
|2011||Tent City, U.S.A.||Producer|
|2011||No One Dies in Lily Dale||Producer||Nominated — Emmy Award|
|2012||Amish: Out of Order||Executive Producer|
|2012||American Gypsies||Executive Producer|
|2012||American Gypsies||Executive Producer|
|2014||Catching Hell||Executive Producer|
|2019||Between Me and My Mind||Director|
|2019||What Will Become of Us||Director|
- "Steven Cantor (I)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Tent City, USA Trailer. Oprah.com
- No One Dies in Lily Dale. HBO.com
- American Masters: Willie Nelson. PBS.org
- "Steven Cantor". Stick Figure Productions. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- "Steven Cantor". Quora. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
- "66th Academy Awards (1994) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "News & Documentary Emmy Awards (2003)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "What Remains". Sundance Institute. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "No One Dies in Lily Dale". HBO. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- "Steven Cantor". Fire Movies. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
- Lello, Michael (April 27, 2019). "New Trey Anastasio doc takes deeply personal look at Phish frontman". New York Post. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
- Quinn, Karl (May 3, 2019). "Frank Lowy reflects on love, loss and the trauma that shaped him". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- "Family Bonds". TV.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "#1 Single". TV.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Kimora Life in the Fab Lane". TV.com. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Steven Cantor at IMDb
- Steven Cantor's Company at Stick Figure Productions
- Ginia Bellafante's review of What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann in The New York Times
- Interview with Steven Cantor on HBO
- Latest Movie by Steven Cantor released on BBC Films
- Behind the Scenes with Steven Cantor released on ESPN 30 for 30
- Q&A with Steven Cantor on Quora