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Steve Balderson
Balderson was born in 1975 in Manhattan, Kansas and raised in nearby Wamego, Kansas until the age of twelve, when his family moved to Manhattan. Balderson attended Manhattan High School. Though his class attendance was poor, Balderson graduated a semester early, ahead of his peers. He refused to walk the stage and accept his diploma, opting out of the graduation ceremony altogether. The administration asked if he would like his diploma mailed to him. He responded, "I'll never need it."

Balderson attended film school at California Institute of the Arts, where he directed six full-length digital movies, including a screen adaptation of Anne Rice's novel The Vampire Lestat. At the end of his third year at CalArts, Balderson realized he'd never had a mid-residency review. When he asked his dean, Hartmut Bitomsky, Bitomsky answered, "Master's students don't have mid-residency reviews." When Bitomsky learned Balderson was an undergrad, he instructed Balderson to stop going to his classes and instead, to do independent study with him. Once a week the two would meet and dissect Alfred Hitchcock films and Steve learned how to focus his vision. After months of working one-on-one with his dean, Balderson decided he was ready to leave CalArts without graduating.


Filmography:

The Casserole Club (feature, 2011)
Stuck! (feature, 2010)
Wamego: Ultimatum (documentary feature, 2009)
Watch Out (feature, 2009)
Underbelly (documentary feature, 2008)
Wamego Strikes Back (documentary feature, 2007)
Phone Sex (feature, HD, 2006)
Firecracker (feature, Super 35mm film, 2005)
Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere (documentary feature, 2004)
Pep Squad (feature 35mm film, 1998)
Eleven Eleven (feature digital film, 1996)
Pep Squad (feature digital film, 1995)
By the Light of the Moon (digital feature film, 1994)
Children of Darkness/The Vampire Lestat (digital feature film, 1993)
Videorotica (music video, 1992)
Bus Stop Goodbyes (video feature film, 1992)
The Visionaries (video feature film, 1991)



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