Steven Caple Jr. has been a filmmaker since before he stepped foot into grade school and brings a tireless passion for unique storytelling and a desire for infusing a personal global perspective to all of his work. The Cleveland, Ohio native studied Directing and Film/Video Production at the University of Southern California’s esteemed M.F.A. program at the School of Cinematic Arts. While there, he helmed a number of films that garnered industry accolades, including Best Film in HBO’s Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival. His film “A Different Tree” won a Jury Prize for the Director’s Guild of America, the Audience Choice Award at NBC’s Shortcuts and appeared on HBO GO and HBO Family. In late 2014, Caple directed the short film “Land of Misfits” that quickly gained industry buzz, resulting in a feature adaptation, The Land. The film premiered at Sundance in 2016 as Caple’s feature directing debut. He is currently a fellow in the Sundance Film Two program where he is developing and writing a film alongside Sundance Lab advisors and NBC UNIVERSAL.