Steven Leckart

I write, direct, and produce documentary films.

All Things Must Pass

a feature written by yours truly

"freshly compelling" — Variety

"disarmingly intimate" — Newsweek

"unexpectedly touching" — Los Angeles Times

Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. Directed by Colin Hanks, All Things Must Pass uncovers the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the billion-dollar record chain.

"In Deep Water"

a short directed for ESPN Films & FiveThirtyEight

In 1985, two friends set out to find the greatest lost treasure in U.S. history: tons of gold shipwrecked in 1857 off the Carolina coast. Using historical data and Bayesian math, the team eventually homed in on one area in the deep Atlantic. Attempting to recover the gold proved to be the least complicated part of the adventure.

"Hunting ISIS"

a six-part docuseries written & produced for A&E Films

In 2017, I completed work as the showrunner on a six-part series about westerners volunteering with the Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria. The series premiered on the History Channel and Viceland in 2018.


a short directed for Wieden + Kennedy

The Lodge is a group at Wieden+Kennedy focused on exploring how technology can tell stories that resonate with people. I directed a short film introducing the team's first project: Needybot is an autonomous robot that's sole purpose is to connect with humans. The film was shot inside W+K's Portland offices.

Silicon Cowboys

a feature written & co-produced

In 1981, three friends in Texas decided to build a portable computer. Soon after, they battled against the world's most powerful tech company. Silicon Cowboys tells the improbable true story that inspired the hit TV show Halt & Catch Fire.

Moon Shot

a series story produced for Epic Digital & Bad Robot

Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and helmed by Academy Award-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel (Virunga, The White Helmets), Moon Shot explores the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million contest for any private team to land a rover on the moon. Filmed all over the world, the nine-episode series premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and is available for free on YouTube.

"The Neon Sign Maker"

a short directed for Uproxx

Can one of America's last neon sign makers keep his craft from disappearing? I directed this short for the web series HUMAN, which profiles traditional artisans across the U.S.

"The Coffee Farmer"

a short directed for Uproxx

What if you found your calling on Craigslist? I directed this short for the web series HUMAN, which profiles traditional artisans across the U.S.

"The Queen of Code"

a short co-executive produced for ESPN Films & FiveThirtyEight

Directed by Gillian Jacobs, "The Queen of Code" profiles Grace Hopper, a math professor who programmed the first computer during WWII and helped pioneer software.

I also appear on camera.

Maxim, "Thin the Army Now"

COMING SOON: I'm writing a multi-part docuseries about Muhammad Ali, which will premiere on HBO.