Steven Leckart

I'm a writer & director of documentary films.

Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

a three-part series co-executive produced for Netflix

"a surprisingly human portrait” — Hollywood Reporter

I developed, 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.

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

"smartly crafted" — Hollywood Reporter

"one of Tribeca 2019’s best documentaries" —

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 aired on HBO in May 2019.

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.

"Hunting ISIS"

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

I was the showrunner of a six-part docuseries about westerners volunteering with the Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria. The series, which I wrote and produced, 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 this documentary short, which was shot inside W+K's Portland offices and showcases the team's first project: Needybot, an autonomous robot whose sole purpose is to connect with humans.

Silicon Cowboys

a feature written & co-produced

I wrote and co-produced this feature documentary about three friends in Texas, who decided to build a portable computer in 1981. Soon after, they battled against the world's most powerful tech company -- and won. Silicon Cowboys, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, tells the improbable true story that inspired the 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 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 Neon Sign Maker"

a short directed for Uproxx

Can one of America's last neon sign makers keep his craft from disappearing?

"The Coffee Farmer"

a short directed for Uproxx

What if you found your calling on Craigslist?

"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"