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BIO

Steve Brand (Producer/Writer/Editor)
Ways & Means Productions
285 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10025
tel: (212) 254-0167
waysandmeans@earthlink.net

Steve Brand is an Emmy Award-winning film and television producer, having produced newsmagazine segments and long-form work for the three major television networks, as well as for PBS and cable outlets.  His independent work has been shown theatrically throughout the United States and abroad, as well as on home video.  Among those with whom he has worked are David Brancaccio, Maria Hinojosa, Bob Abernethy, Diane Sawyer, John Stossel, Hugh Downs, Chris Wallace, Linda Ellerbee, Jami Floyd, Bill Ritter, Chris Cuomo, Dr. Timothy Johnson, JuJu Chang, Deborah Roberts, Jay Schadler, Lynn Sherr, Chris Connelly, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and actor John Lithgow. 

Brand received his M.F.A. from the NYU Graduate Film School, where he made about that time, which was First Prize Winner at the Baltimore Film Festival and the recipient of several film festival awards.  After graduating from NYU, he wrote and directed comedy skits for the internationally syndicated children's television program, Big Blue Marble.  He also co-produced and edited several short films for New York City's Phoenix and La Mama Theaters, shown in Off-Broadway productions directed by John Lithgow and Wilford Leach.

Brand has worked extensively for ABC News, first as a film editor for 20/20, then as a producer for the News Magazines division. He produced two Emmy-nominated 20/20 segments with Hugh Downs as correspondent:  Till Death Do Us Part, a report on widows and widowers, and No Justice at All, an investigative report on age discrimination.  For Primetime, he co-produced (with Greg Fisher)  Hope Sells, another Emmy-nominated investigative report on bogus alternative cancer treatments, featuring Chris WallaceBrand has worked with correspondent John Stossel on many 20/20 segments, including Punishing Parents, a one-hour program about parental responsibility in the wake of Columbine and Jonesboro.  The program won the World Media Festival's Silver Award. He has won two Cine Golden Eagles, for Going Straight, a report on the "Ex-Gay" movement featuring Deborah Roberts, and for Justice Delayed, the story, reported by Jami Floyd, of a cold case murder solved through DNA evidence 15 years after the fact.  The latter story also received the 1st Place Gold Camera Award at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, as did Miracle Baby, a story about a liver transplant that took place under harrowing circumstances on 9/11, which also featured correspondent  Floyd. Brand has also won an Angel Award for Excellence in Media and a Columbus Film  Festival Bronze Plaque for The Conversion, the story of a 12 year old Jewish boy's experience being targeted by Southern Baptist evangelism. The piece featured ABC religion correspondent Peggy Wehmeyer.

At ABC's Primetime Live, Brand also produced Whose Child?, a story about foster care featuring Diane Sawyer.   At CBS News's Street Stories with Ed Bradley, he produced stories on asset forfeiture, child demonstrators in the anti-abortion movement, and a "Freedom Summer"-style voter registration drive in the Deep South.  At PBS's NOW, he has produced segments on the Bush Administration's domestic spying program, the minimum wage as an election year issue, and the connection between spiking gasoline prices and the mortgage meltdown in the exurbs.

Prior to his producing work, Brand was a film editor whose work includes three Emmy-Award winning segments for 20/20 on: Viola Liuzzo, who was killed after participating in the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march; the Fall of Saigon; and a return to the Killing Fields of Cambodia.

In 1984, Brand completed Kaddish,  an independent feature documentary about growing up as the child of a Jewish Holocaust survivor.  Kaddish was one of only two American films to be selected for that year's NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS series, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.  Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the film has gone on to widespread theatrical and non-theatrical distribution and has garnered critical acclaim including being listed as one of the 10 Best Films of 1985 by the Village Voice.  The film has been broadcast by WNET/13 and BRAVO and received an Honorable Mention for documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 1988, Brand was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to develop a treatment for a dramatic film about turn-of-the-century Vienna, based on Frederic Morton's book, A Nervous Splendor. He is also the author of an original screenplay, Al & Aggie, and co-author with Robert Mottley of a screenplay adaptation of Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev.

In long-form television, Brand has produced A Search for Solid Ground; The Intifada through Israeli Eyes, a one hour documentary for PBS, under the auspices of Kunhardt Productions.  He co-produced A Time for Change, the concluding hour of C. Everett Koop, M.D., a five-hour series on healthcare featuring the former Surgeon General, produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions for NBC.  He and co-producer Gretchen Berland were awarded Emmys for outstanding achievement in news and documentary programming.  Among his other film experiences, Brand served as an on-air correspondent for the PBS coverage of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem.

Brand is currently working on Praying With My Legs, an independent feature documentary about the life, thought and enduring impact of the great human rights activist and religious thinker Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  Footage from that documentary served as the basis for a nine-minute profile of Heschel that he produced for PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly which garnered a second Angel Award.

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Praying With My Legs  

Praying With My Legs

Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Search
for a Meaningful Existence

A FILM BY STEVE BRAND