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Darren Stein (born December 24, 1971)[1] is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Among his works include the documentary Put the Camera on Me,[2] the 2010 horror comedy All About Evil,[3] and the satirical major motion picture Jawbreaker - which was deemed a "cult classic" by the New York Post,[4] and is still referenced today in mainstream sources.[5]

Darren Stein
Born (1971-12-24) December 24, 1971 (age 47)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1988 - present



Stein started using his father’s video camera at the age of ten, creating a body of work that would later be seen in his documentary Put the Camera on Me. Upon graduating NYU film school, he co-wrote and directed his first feature, Sparkler,[6][7] that premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival[8] and won the audience award in Athens, GA. Stein’s second feature, Jawbreaker, premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival[9] and was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for “Best Villain”. Upon completing Put the Camera on Me with childhood friend Adam Shell in 2003, Stein was interviewed by Ira Glass on This American Life.[10] The documentary was released on DVD through Wellspring/Genius Entertainment. Stein went on to executive produce Cam Archer’s Wild Tigers I Have Known, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.[11] In 2010, he produced All About Evil,[3][12] a horror comedy starring Natasha Lyonne and Thomas Dekker. Most recently, he has written the book for Jawbreaker the Musical,[13] which is scheduled for a one night showing on July 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, and featuring Jenna Leigh Green.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Stein is openly gay.[16]



  1. ^ "Darren J Stein was born on December 24, 1971 in Los Angeles County, California". California Birth Index. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Gary Morris. "Bright Lights Film Journal :: Interview with Darren Stein". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  3. ^ a b Paul E. Pratt (January 22, 2009). "Jawbreaker Director Darren Stein Knows All About Evil". San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  4. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (2010-03-04). "First Look: Judy Greer on 'Modern Family'". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2010-03-08.
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  6. ^ "Summer 1997: PRODUCTION UPDATE". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  7. ^ Brendan Kelly (November 2, 1997). "Sparkler Review – Read Variety's Analysis Of The Movie Sparkler". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  8. ^ a b "Hamptons 97: Seven Questions For Darren Stein, The Director of "Sparkler"". indieWIRE. 1997-10-16. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  9. ^ "Review: Comedy rules among Sundance offerings – February 4, 1999". CNN. 1999-02-04. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  10. ^ "225: Home Movies". This American Life. 2005-07-15. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
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  12. ^ "Peaches' slice-'em-up and mental health reimagined and redefined". SF360. 2010-02-19. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  13. ^ "Wallflower – Buscar Videos". Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
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  16. ^ Osenlund, R. Kurt (January 17, 2014). "G.B.F. Director Darren Stein and Star Michael J. Willet On Whiz-Bang Dialogue, Growing Up Gay, and Why Their Film Was Unfairly Handed an R Rating". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2014.

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