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Barbara Stepansky is an award-winning independent feature film director. Her first feature film was HURT, a thriller starring Melora Walters (“Big Love”, “Magnolia”) and William Mapother (“In the Bedroom”, “Lost”). Monterey Media released the film in the US on DVD in 2009. Her second feature FUGUE, a thriller/horror, has been released on DVD and various digital outlets across the US in 2011. Recently, Barbara directed an action/comedy webseries ASSASSINS for Comediva.com, and short films ROAD RAGE and MY OWN PRIVATE DEMON for short film anthologies, which currently play in film festivals all over the world.
Barbara was born in Poland, but her father’s involvement in the Solidarity movement led to the family relocating to Germany. After receiving a degree in philosophy of science from University College London, Barbara decided to pursue her Master’s at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Her USC short BLUEBERRY PANCAKES garnered the Directors Guild of America Student Film Award and played at the Kodak Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Program in Cannes. She was invited to participate in the Film Independent Director’s Lab with her dramatic feature script SUGAR IN MY VEINS. Barbara completed a second graduate degree in Directing at the American Film Institute, winning the Student Emmy for Best Director for her thesis film, THE TROJAN COW. The film also won the Grand Jury Prize at the USA Film Festival and in 2007 it was on the short list for the Academy Awards.
Barbara is the recipient of several scholarships, including the King Family Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in Film and Video Production, the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship for Excellence, the Bridges Larson Foundation Production Award, the Patrick Peyton Award for Excellence, and the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award.
She believes in telling stories with themes about persistence, resilience and the triumph of the human spirit against all odds – in whatever genre that may be.
For more information, please visit www.barbarastepansky.com