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Stephen Auerbach is an award-winning American Filmmaker & Television Producer most recently known for two documentary films that featured unprecedented archival materials that aired on A+E Networks: The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case, and O.J. Speaks: The Lost Deposition Tapes.

 

The Hollywood Reporter touted that "these projects promise unprecedented access into the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson with never-before-heard recordings and interviews."  The films aired in back to back in over one hundred and twenty-five countries on the same day, which was an unprecedented release strategy for A+E Networks, that reflected the international reach and appeal of Stephen Auerbach's work. 

Currently, Auerbach is producing three independent films:  The Abduction of Calvin Parker, and the documentaries, The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize, and Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA's Most Devastating Wildfire.  On the television side, Auerbach is currently producing the paranormal series, The Blackwater Zone and has the television series, The Studio Club, in development with Fox-TV.  

With a hand in the music business as the licensing and archival president of the Blen Music Publishing catalogue (57 Elvis Presley Recordings), Stephen Auerbach recently placed three songs in the new Baz Luhrman film, Elvis.

Auerbach also recently executive produced the Universal Music Release Glen Campbell: Sings For The King (Elvis Presley). This music project features 18 never-before-heard recordings of Glen Campbell discovered by Stephen Auerbach. The reel to reel tapes were lost for over fifty years and were made as demo recordings for Elvis Presley. 

 

Auerbach told Rolling Stone Magazine “Coming upon these tapes, unspooling them and watching them glide across an Ampex 440 reel-to-reel deck for the first time was the closest I’ll ever get to being a real life Indiana Jones. Beyond the staggering realization of what we had found, there was a musical element that also knocked our socks off: On these tapes Glen is singing pure rock and roll and with a sense of joy, passion and wild abandon that can only have come from knowing that his idol, the avatar Elvis Presley, would be an audience of one for these recordings.”
 

Auerbach directed and edited the worldwide hit documentary Bicycle Dreams, one of the first indie films ever to become a social media phenomenon. The film enjoyed a international theatrical release and won 17 Film Festival Awards. Bicycle Dreams stands as one of the highest grossing independently distributed documentaries of all time.

 

In the aftermath of the film’s release, the highly successful e-commerce site BicycleMovies was created: http://www.bicyclemovies.com/  BicycleMovies because a go to site for the distribution of cycling related media, including movies; books; apparel; artwork, and holiday merchandise for the avid cyclist.  

 

Auerbach has also created over 200 hours of programming for major network broadcast, cable and syndication outlets, including ABC, NBC, FOX, A&E, LMN, TLC and DISCOVERY.

 

Auerbach's television work includes How'd They Do That (TLC) with sportscaster Pat O'Brien, World's Most Amazing Videos (FOX-TV) with Stacy Keach, I Dare You: The Ultimate Challenge (UPN) with Evel Knievel, World's Most Heroic Firefighters, (TLC) Totally Outrageous Love (ABC) with David Brenner, Road to Fame (FOX-TV), The Best of California (syndication) Whacked Out Sports (syndication) and In Search Of (FOX-TV) with Mitch Pileggi.

 

Auerbach’s feature documentary, Race Across America produced with Jim Lampley aired on NBC and received the highest ratings in the network’s history for an event of its kind. The film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Boulder International Film Festival.

 

In 2015 Auerbach's first book Why I Ride: Stories from the Road of Life was published.  A photo book filled with tales on inspiration for cyclists, Why I Ride has become a perennial favorite. 

In 2022 Auerbach's second book, Married to the Mystery, A Poetic Exploration of a Young Man's Soul and Destiny was published.


Stephen Auerbach began his career as a staff writer for comedian Richard Belzer and as a director's assistant to Norman Jewison on the film Moonstruck.

 

Awards

 

Best Documentary Grand Rapids Film Festival

Best Documentary Las Vegas Film Festival

Best Director Yosemite Film Festival

Best Documentary Red Rock Film Festival

Best Foreign Film Moscow Sports Film Festival

Best Documentary Lake Arrowhead Film Festival

Best Sports Documentary Tiburon Film Festival

Best Documentary Breckenridge Film Festival

Best Documentary Los Angeles Sports Film Festival

Royal Reel Award - Canada International Film Festival

Best Documentary Solstice Film Festival (Minnesota)

Best Editing Solstice Film Festival (Minnesota)

Best Soundtrack Solstice Film Festival (Minnesota)

Audience Award Findlay Film Festival Ohio

Audience Award Breckenridge Film Festival (Colorado)

Award for Excellence The Insight Awards

Grand Prize Montréal Human Rights Film Festival 

Award of Excellence Columbus International Film Festival

 

 

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”
 Marc Chagall