Steven Lawrence Pro
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Steven Lawrence is an award-winning documentary producer/director. Part of the team that launched MTV, he served as the channelâ€™s senior producer-director of long-form programs, introducing viewers to world and hip-hop music. After leaving MTV in 1987 he produced three films with director Michael Apted: The Long Way Home, about the odyssey of Soviet underground rocker Boris Grebenshikov, and Married In America 1 and 2, an ongoing study of 9 couples wed in 2001. Steven was co-producer/director of three VIS Ã VIS programs for PBS, which used digital dialogues between people in different parts of the world dealing with timely social issues. Among his other credits are Artists United Against Apartheid: The Making Of Sun City, Tell Tchaikovsky The News, about the Soviet underground rock scene and Age 7 In The USSR, the first in a longitudinal series about children in the former USSR. As co-founder and VP of music & cultural programming for Link TV, Steven created its pioneering strand of world music programming and its world cinema series, Cinemondo. For Link he also co-produced Festival In The Desert: The Tent Sessions, co-directed Ethics And The World Crisis: A Dialogue With The Dalai Lama, and produced the Music For Human Rights film series and The Price of Silence music video, both in collaboration with Amnesty International, Rappers, Diva & Virtuoso, about groundbreaking musician/activists in the Muslim world, and produced/directed the TV version of Blueprint for Accountability: Working The Dark Side, about the torture of detainees in the â€œwar on terror,â€ created by Culture Project and staged by Fisher Stevens. Among his most recent producing credits are The Furious Force of Rhymes, a feature-length documentary by Joshua Litle about how hip-hop emerged from the Bronx to become the protest music of today in France, Germany, Israel/Palestine, Germany and Senegal, and Sarabah, about Senegalese rapper/activist Sister Fa and her grassroots campaign to end female genital cutting. The latter won the 2011 Movies That Matter Golden Butterfly award for best film about a human rights defender.