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Steven De Castro is a New York-Based cinematographer, teacher, filmmaker and audio engineer.  Click the links in the menu to see a small portion of video from projects he has contributed to and to learn more.

About Steven De Castro

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Steven De Castro is a director, a teacher and cinematographer who is in post production on his film REVOLUTION SELFIE, which was admitted to the prestigious works-in-progress lab at DCTV in New York. He currently is releasing Fred Ho’s Last Year, his first feature film about an avante garde jazz composer and public intellectual dying of cancer. When he is not directing his own projects, De Castro works as a cinematographer for other directors in narrative and documentary features and shorts. Before he was a filmmaker, De Castro was a trial lawyer and served as Human Rights Commissioner of Jersey City.

ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

FILMOLOGY First Annual 30-Day Film Challenge 2017

Founder

Co-Organized by the International Film Festival of Manhattan, FILMOLOGY 30-Day Film Challenge organized teams to write, plan, produce and deliver a short film in 30 Days. Showcase and award night was held at the Producers’ Club in Manhattan on October 19, 2017.

Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Film Shootout 2015

Instructor

Workshop: “Post Production Magic; Audio Capture and Audio Post”

Given in preparation for the 72 Hour Film Shootout, this workshop and demonstration gave important advice on field audio recording, and introduced the principles of sound design for both documentary and narrative film production and post-production.

Winter Film Awards 2017 and 2018

Festival Judge

Reviews short and feature film submissions from around the world.

INSTRUCTION

March 2018

“Get a Grip!  Camera Hacks for the Frugal Filmmaker”
Instructor
Winter FIlm Awards and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
New York

An exercise-intensive workshop on motivated camera movement.

May 2017

Master Class in Cinematography; Camera Kinetics”
Instructor
National Film and Television Institute, University of Cape Coast, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Ghana

On-hands three-day class, sponsored by the American Embassy to Ghana and the U.S. State Department, on the kinetic relationship between camera and story, employing the Roy Thompson method of camera motivation.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Downtown Community Television Center

Participant in Docu-Lab Spring 2017

Project: REVOLUTION SELFIE


Asians on Film
Best Feature Documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014


International Film Festival of Manhattan
Winner, Mount Hope Award for Achievement in Social Advocacy,  Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014


Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014

Boston Asian American Film Festival
Special Screening (To Open the Festival), for Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014


Cinevision/37th Asian American International Film Festival of New York
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014

International Film Festival of Manhattan
Screened out of Competition, Cancer Warriors, 2014

Fred Ho Fellowship, Asian American Studies Institute
University of Connecticut 2013

FILMS AND CREATIVE WORKS

Writer
TRAITOR: The True Story of the Outlaw David Fagen
Performed November 13, 2017 at the Interact Theater Company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Director
REVOLUTION SELFIE
Documentary Feature Film

Cinematographer
VANISHED: Disappearing Indigenous American and First Nations Women
Directed by Riayn M. Fergins
Documentary

Cinematographer
Tango
Directed by Gertraud Felsen
Student Short Film, New York Film Academy

Director
JAZZAFRICA (Documentary Feature FIlm)
Four jazz musicians journey to West Africa to discover the roots of African American music.  Funded by the United States Embassy of Ghana.

Cinematographer
COMEDIANS’ REALITY (Working Title)
A reality show following four comedians trying to make it in New York.  Produced by Miriam Shamelashvili and Jonathan Marx.

Current
Director, Writer and Cinematographer
AMPATUAN MASSACRE PROJECT (working title)
Philippines
Documentary based on the worst human rights violation against journalists in human history.  The filmmaker finishes what the slain journalists started.

Director and Cinematographer
EXERCISE VIDEO FOR BANGLADESH WOMEN (working title)
Funded by NYU Langone Medical Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

2014

Director, Writer and Cinematographer
FRED HO’s LAST YEAR
Feature Documentary
http:/discoverfredho.org
2015

Director and Writer
CANCER WARRIORS/CANCER REVOLUTION
Short FIlm
2013

Director, and Cinematographer
MUSIC VIDEO: VOODOO GIRL
Jazz Music Video
Music by Mike Degen

Director and Cinematographer
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER TRAINING VIDEO
Funded by NYU Langone Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

2012

Screenwriter and Director
SAMANTHA FARGO
Feature Narrative FIlm in Development

2012

Director, and Cinematographer
NEWYORKUSTAN
Series Pilot

About Steven De Castro

Check out my IMDB here:

Steven De Castro is a director, a teacher and cinematographer who is in post production on his film REVOLUTION SELFIE, which was admitted to the prestigious works-in-progress lab at DCTV in New York. He currently is releasing Fred Ho’s Last Year, his first feature film about an avante garde jazz composer and public intellectual dying of cancer. When he is not directing his own projects, De Castro works as a cinematographer for other directors in narrative and documentary features and shorts. Before he was a filmmaker, De Castro was a trial lawyer and served as Human Rights Commissioner of Jersey City.

ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

FILMOLOGY First Annual 30-Day Film Challenge 2017

Founder

Co-Organized by the International Film Festival of Manhattan, FILMOLOGY 30-Day Film Challenge organized teams to write, plan, produce and deliver a short film in 30 Days. Showcase and award night was held at the Producers’ Club in Manhattan on October 19, 2017.

Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Film Shootout 2015

Instructor

Workshop: “Post Production Magic; Audio Capture and Audio Post”

Given in preparation for the 72 Hour Film Shootout, this workshop and demonstration gave important advice on field audio recording, and introduced the principles of sound design for both documentary and narrative film production and post-production.

Winter Film Awards 2017 and 2018

Festival Judge

Reviews short and feature film submissions from around the world.

INSTRUCTION

March 2018

“Get a Grip!  Camera Hacks for the Frugal Filmmaker”
Instructor
Winter FIlm Awards and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
New York

An exercise-intensive workshop on motivated camera movement.

May 2017

Master Class in Cinematography; Camera Kinetics”
Instructor
National Film and Television Institute, University of Cape Coast, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Ghana

On-hands three-day class, sponsored by the American Embassy to Ghana and the U.S. State Department, on the kinetic relationship between camera and story, employing the Roy Thompson method of camera motivation.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Downtown Community Television Center

Participant in Docu-Lab Spring 2017

Project: REVOLUTION SELFIE


Asians on Film
Best Feature Documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014


International Film Festival of Manhattan
Winner, Mount Hope Award for Achievement in Social Advocacy,  Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014


Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014

Boston Asian American Film Festival
Special Screening (To Open the Festival), for Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014


Cinevision/37th Asian American International Film Festival of New York
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year, 2014

International Film Festival of Manhattan
Screened out of Competition, Cancer Warriors, 2014

Fred Ho Fellowship, Asian American Studies Institute
University of Connecticut 2013

FILMS AND CREATIVE WORKS

Writer
TRAITOR: The True Story of the Outlaw David Fagen
Performed November 13, 2017 at the Interact Theater Company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Director
REVOLUTION SELFIE
Documentary Feature Film

Cinematographer
VANISHED: Disappearing Indigenous American and First Nations Women
Directed by Riayn M. Fergins
Documentary

Cinematographer
Tango
Directed by Gertraud Felsen
Student Short Film, New York Film Academy

Director
JAZZAFRICA (Documentary Feature FIlm)
Four jazz musicians journey to West Africa to discover the roots of African American music.  Funded by the United States Embassy of Ghana.

Cinematographer
COMEDIANS’ REALITY (Working Title)
A reality show following four comedians trying to make it in New York.  Produced by Miriam Shamelashvili and Jonathan Marx.

Current
Director, Writer and Cinematographer
AMPATUAN MASSACRE PROJECT (working title)
Philippines
Documentary based on the worst human rights violation against journalists in human history.  The filmmaker finishes what the slain journalists started.

Director and Cinematographer
EXERCISE VIDEO FOR BANGLADESH WOMEN (working title)
Funded by NYU Langone Medical Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

2014

Director, Writer and Cinematographer
FRED HO’s LAST YEAR
Feature Documentary
http:/discoverfredho.org
2015

Director and Writer
CANCER WARRIORS/CANCER REVOLUTION
Short FIlm
2013

Director, and Cinematographer
MUSIC VIDEO: VOODOO GIRL
Jazz Music Video
Music by Mike Degen

Director and Cinematographer
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER TRAINING VIDEO
Funded by NYU Langone Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

2012

Screenwriter and Director
SAMANTHA FARGO
Feature Narrative FIlm in Development

2012

Director, and Cinematographer
NEWYORKUSTAN
Series Pilot

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