Steven Leckart

I'm a writer & director of documentary films.

Challenger: The Final Flight

a four-part documentary produced & co-directed for Netflix

"insightful, deeply moving" — Chicago Sun-Times

one of the "Best Documentaries on Netflix" — New York Times

"powerful, comprehensive and revealing" — Hollywood Reporter

"painstaking, heartbreaking, and often infuriating" — Vanity Fair

I developed, produced, and co-directed this four-part documentary, which was executive produced by Bad Robot for Netflix.


What's My Name: Muhammad Ali

a two-part documentary written for HBO Films

"masterful" — Boston Globe

”a stirring work of nonfiction assembly” — Variety

"a must-see television event" — Chicago Sun-Times

I wrote this two-part documentary, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua and executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. What's My Name: Muhammad Ali premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Long Sports Documentary.


The Day Sports Stood Still

a feature documentary written & co-executive produced for HBO

"a testimony about our shared humanity" — The Root

I wrote and co-executive produced this feature documentary, which explores the pandemic from the perspective of professional athletes. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua and executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.


Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

a three-part series co-executive produced for Netflix

"a surprisingly human portrait” — Hollywood Reporter

I wrote and co-executive produced this three-part documentary, which explores the mind, life, and fanaticism of the iconic tech billionaire as he works to solve the world's most complex problems. Directed by Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the series premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival.


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. All Things Must Pass, which was directed by Colin Hanks and written by me, uncovers the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the billion-dollar record chain. The film premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and aired on Showtime.


"In Deep Water"

a short directed for ESPN Films & FiveThirtyEight

I directed a short documentary about two friends who set out to recover the greatest lost treasure in U.S. history: tons of gold shipwrecked in 1857 off the Carolina coast. Spoiler: They find the gold, but lose their friendship.


"Needybot"

a short directed for Wieden + Kennedy

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


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 is a nine-part short docuseries exploring the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million contest for any private team to land a rover on the moon. I spent months traveling the world solo to find these characters, and then returned with the crew to help capture these stories. The series premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.


"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've also appeared on camera.

Maxim, "Thin the Army Now"