In the last few years, award-winning filmmaker, Stephen Auerbach has showcased his creative diversity with a number of surprising films that have touched the heart and raised consciousness. Currently at work on a 2 hour Documentary Film for the A+E Networks scheduled to air in October 2015, Auerbach is noted for his passionate approach to non-fiction storytelling and has won major awards for Producing, Directing, Writing and Editing.
Auerbach’s first feature documentary, Race Across America, aired on NBC-TV and received the highest ratings in broadcast network history for a cycling event. The film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Boulder International Film Festival.
The Circus Comes to Town, Auerbach’s film on the traveling era circus troupes that brought smiles and laughter in the midst of the great depression, had its’ world premiere in an unprecedented six week run (daily screenings) at the Cirque Du Soleil World Headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Auerbach’s follow-up documentary, The Memory Box, shot entirely in Ethiopia, tells the story of the meeting between a medical team from the West and a group of courageous African social activists working to lift the country out of poverty and despair. The film so impressed Ethiopian Airlines that they donated the airfare to bring the entire medical team back for a second visit, which enabled 150 children to receive life-changing surgeries.
Bicycle Dreams, Stephen Auerbach’s most recognized film, has played throughout the world and won 17 Film Festivals Awards for Best Documentary Film. The story of cycling’s toughest event, Bicycle Dreams, is amongst the most celebrated cycling films of all time. With a cast of indelible real life characters, and unforgettable moments of triumph and tragedy, the film has touched and changed many people. Bicycle Dreams has also been played at fundraiser screenings all across the globe and in the process has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for various charities.
Auerbach’s has also released is Bicycle Movies: The Short Film Collection. Inspired by the many filmmakers around the world creating short films with bicycles at the epicenter of the story, Auerbach felt that a handpicked collection of these award winning films would be very “meaningful fun” for those cycling enthusiasts who can’t get enough bicycle media to feed their fix!
Prior to his entrance into the world of independent filmmaking, Auerbach had executive produced, produced, directed or written over 150 hours of programming for major network broadcast outlets, cable networks and syndication.
The body of television work includes over 35 hours for NBC (including: The World’s Most Amazing Videos, Whacked Out Sports, You Asked For It!, and Race Across America), 40 hours for DISCOVERY NETWORKS (including: How’d They Do That?, World’s Most…), and 15 hours for FOX-TV (including: In Search Of…, Road to Fame).
Auerbach has also produced quality entertainment for ABC-TV; UPN; THE LEARNING CHANNEL; VERSUS; SCI-FI CHANNEL, FINE LIVING; and the USA NETWORKS.
Auerbach served as Executive Producer of the globally syndicated travel series The Best of California. Funded by the state of California and major corporate sponsors including British Petroleum, Marriott International, Amtrak, Disneyland Resorts and Arco, this award-wining program has been seen by millions across the globe.
Auerbach was also the creative force behind the first major network series in over a decade that was dedicated to the creation of big-budget stunt spectacle performances with the thirteen hour series I Dare You! The Ultimate Challenge for the UPN network.
His diverse production abilities range from the creative elements to the nuts and bolts. From fashioning budgets to writing scripts and from pitching in network offices to editing his own films, Auerbach is a creative dynamo that can meet any production challenge.
Auerbach first job in the entertainment business was working on the classic film Moonstruck as an assistant to director Norman Jewison. He followed this up with his second job; staff writer for comedian Richard Belzer.
Auerbach frequently speaks to aspiring filmmakers and producers at industry conferences, offering his take on how to build a career: “Take every job you are offered when you are starting out. The more you know, the more you can do. Being successful in the creative arts is about being flexible. Talent is built, not granted”