Steven Nashed Huffaker graduated from the UCLA Film Directing Program, where he took courses from Alexander Payne and James Franco, who became mentors. James Franco appeared in two of Steven’s short films, then asked him to direct a Lifetime movie he was producing, which became the network's most-viewed film of 2018.
Steven's process privileges inspired performances; his focus is to enable honesty, wild abandon & specificity.
"A unique, comedic experience"- winner of Best Supporting Actor John Ennis (IFS Los Angeles) and Best Directing (Chicago Comedy Film Festival). Mike Pine, from Film describes "Love in Moreno Valley". as "If John Hughes and Todd Solondz had a lovechild".
“…A Tale of Two Coreys manages to escape the Lifetime biopic curse… director Steven Huffaker kept the story moving at a steady and tragically inevitable pace and all four of the actors who played Feldman and Haim did a good job of bringing their characters to life." Unobtainium 13
"... a very well made film... a tragic tale of friendship, and the hardships that get in the way...a real treat!" Stacy Still, Staystillreviews
“...heartbreaking, interesting, sentimental, beautiful, and sad.” -Pinky Lovejoy,...
You might recognize this comedy short that Steven and Simon Savelyev co-created. It won first prize in Sprite's film contest and was used as a commercial-- screening in 30,000 theaters nationwide. It even got its own shot-for-shot remake by some midwestern high school students.
At UCLA's grad film school, Steven made a no-budget short mockumentary. It's about a bumbling film student struggling to make an overwrought sci-fi epic. It ended up being chosen as "Best Narrative Film" at UCLA in 2012 and screened at the DGA as part of UCLA's prestigious Director's Spotlight showcase. It features Charlie Sanders (Death Valley, writer for Key and Peele) and James Franco.