Steven Markowitz is a passionate leader and an ambitious filmmaker. He desires to take audiences on a journey to the new and unknown, combining his background in animation and live action to build wonderfully challenging worlds and stories.

Currently, he pursues a Master’s Degree in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is in production on several short films in various roles, as well as working as a freelance animator and director on commercials, documentaries, and more.

He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a major in Film and Animation and a minor in Creative Writing, where he emerged as a leader, serving as the Managing Editor for the magazine Reporter, the Director of the Render Wranglers, and several Teacher’s Assistants.

His undergraduate thesis film, Hands of Flame, uses animation to tell his grandmother’s story of survival through the Holocaust. Told entire in silhouettes with no dialogue, the film captivated audiences around the world, taking them on a beautiful and harrowing journey unlike anything they have seen before. The film has played in over thirty film festivals in four continents, earning many awards from prestigious festivals.

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