New York, NY, USA
Stephen Maing is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and visual journalist. His feature documentary, High Tech, Low Life was filmed over five years in China, Taiwan, Romania & Germany as he documented two of China's first dissident citizen-journalists as they reported on censored news throughout mainland China. The film was broadcast nationally on the award-winning PBS series P.O.V. and received Best Documentary & Cinematography awards at festivals in Boston, Little Rock, Woods Hole, London and Seoul including a Grierson Award, one of the U.K.'s highest documentary honors.
He has directed various films for the New York Times, PBS, Time Magazine, The Intercept, CNN and The Nation, including the half-hour documentary Hers to Lose - one of the first long-form projects produced at the Times and recipient of a World Press Photo Award for Long Features. More recently, The Surrender, about State Department intelligence analyst Stephen Kim's harsh prosecution under the Espionage Act, received Grand Jury Best Documentary Awards at festivals in New York, Boston, St. Louis, and most recently at DocNYC.
Stephen has co-directed an on-going series of films about police-community relations and the criminal justice system. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program, a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, ITVS & New York State Council on the Arts, and a 2016 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Reporting Fellow.
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In August 2010, Stephen Kim, a brilliant State Department intelligence analyst, was indicted under the Espionage Act for jeopardizing national security by allegedly divulging classified information to a Fox News reporter. Despite numerous officials in the State Department describing Kim’s disclosure as nothing extraordinary, he faced 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted at trial.
The Surrender, directed by Stephen Maing and produced by documentary Oscar winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR) and journalist Peter Maass, intimately documents Stephen Kim’s struggle to understand the events leading up to his prosecution as well as his last free days before prison.