As a writer-director who grew up closeted in the conservative church, Steven J Kung couldn’t find stories about Asian American men in leading roles or exploring LGBTQ+ identity, so he created his own: his feature film A Leading Man and the Koreatown episode of HereTV’s Falling For Angels. (Intro: Not An Agenda Pt. 2)
STEVEN J KUNG is a Taiwanese-American writer-director. One of .Mic’s Six Filmmakers Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, Steven J. Kung is the writer-director of A Leading Man, winner of two best feature awards. Kung also directed the award-winning documentary, SPEW: The Competitive World of High School Debate as well as promotional videos for the development campaigns of the Victory Fund and the University of Virginia. A dual director and UPM member of the Directors Guild of America, he produced Ernest Borgnine’s last movie, The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernández, and is co-chair emeritus of the DGA Asian American Committee. As a writer, Steven works on Netflix’s Dear White People. He also wrote the Koreatown episode of HereTV’s Falling For Angels, which explores a romance between two gay Asian men. Steven is a graduate of the Disney ABC Directing Program and the DGA Mentorship Program. A native of Virginia Beach, he holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA with High Distinction in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.