Steven Oritt


Steven’s directing background began in music videos working with the likes of Foo Fighters, Muse, OneRepublic, Pete Yorn and Paulina Rubio. From there, he moved into commercials and long-form with his documentary American Native, following a reclusive tribe of Indians living in the hills of New Jersey. The film appeared at 13 international festivals, earning 4 best documentary awards and was acquired by Indican Pictures.

As a producer, Steven then launched James Lucy Productions, whose first project was the documentary short Kid Yamaka, an intimate profile of troubled boxer Zachary Wohlman and his path to redemption through boxing, Judaism and sobriety. The film was selected to the Academy Award qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, as well as DOC NYC – and was later acquired by Vice’s Fightland Channel.

James Lucy then produced Steven’s follow-up documentary Accidental Climber, acquired by Vision Films, which follows one man’s attempt to become the oldest American to climb Mt. Everest – what ensued was the worst disaster in mountaineering history. Through James Lucy, Steven is currently developing an episodic series for AMC Studios about a notorious crime family from El Paso, Texas, whose quest for the American Dream fueled a 1970’s drug empire; as well as producing Steven’s narrative feature debut, My Name is Sara. Before being acquired by Strand Releasing, the film appeared in over 50 festivals internationally and garnered 5 best feature awards. Strand released Sara theatrically in US cities in July of 2022.