Steven Oritt
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  • United States
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My current Project Title:
Accidental Climber
I describe myself as a
director
My areas of expertise include:
director
About me - current project:
Steven’s directing background began in the music video industry where he worked with such acclaimed recording artists as Foo Fighters, Muse, OneRepublic, Pete Yorn and Paulina Rubio. From there, he moved into the documentary world with his feature-length debut “American Native,” which tells the story of a reclusive tribe of Indians living 30 minutes from New York City in the hills of New Jersey. The film appeared at 13 festivals around the world and earned best documentary/director awards at 4 of them. Steven’s follow-up documentary, “Accidental Climber,” made its world premiere at the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. The film looks at one man’s attempt to become the oldest American to climb Mt. Everest - what ensued however was the worst disaster in mountaineering history, leaving 16 climbers dead in a tragic avalanche.

Steven launched his production company, James Lucy Productions, in 2014. His first producing project was the documentary short “Kid Yamaka,” an intimate profile of troubled boxer Zachary Wohlman and his path to redemption through boxing, Judaism and sobriety. The film was selected to the Academy Award qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, as well as DOC NYC - and was later acquired by Vice’s Fightland Channel. James Lucy is currently developing an episodic series for AMC Networks, about a notorious crime family from El Paso, Texas whose quest for the American Dream fueled a 1970’s drug empire; as well as finalizing Steven’s feature debut, “My Name is Sara.”
Laurels, awards and other accomplishments:
'ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER' Documentary Feature
-2018 Napa Valley Film Festival (World Premiere)
-2019 Manchester Int'l Film Festival Official Selection (European Premiere)
-2019 San Luis Obispo Int'l Film Festival Official Selection
-2019 USA Film Festival Official Selection

'AMERICAN NATIVE' Documentary Feature
-2015 Manchester International Film Festival **Best Documentary Feature**
-2015 Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival **Best Political Documentary**
-2015 Harlem International Film Festival **Best Documentary DIRECTOR**
My home region is:
United States

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