Steve Kosareff wears multiple creative hats due to his many interests. Steve is an author, graphic designer, screenwriter, director, editor and producer. An interest in television and film from an early age resulted in his writing his first teleplay when he was 16. Having grown up with the television generation, Steve has great interest in the culture of the medium and its devices, particularly classic television receivers. His proposal for a television set museum developed into a manuscript on the history of the medium. Interest by Chronicle Books resulted in Steve’s spec manuscript being published in 2005 as “Window to the Future: the Golden Age of Television Marketing and Advertising” (https://www.facebook.com/WindowToTheFuture). Using “Window” as a springboard–and his talents as a screenwriter–Steve developed, produced and directed the 2013 documentary feature, “TV Man: the Search for the Last Independent Dealer” (http://www.TVMan.tv). “TV Man” looks at the changing retail and customer service landscape and how it has not only affected television set dealers, but the communities they once served. A warm, humorous story, the film follows Steve as he tries to get the last dealers he comes across to fix his beloved childhood television set manufactured by the Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago. Unbeknownst to Steve until viewing dailies, a manufacturing date stamp on the set’s chassis reveals that it shares Steve’s birthday.
For his second documentary project, Steve turned attention to his longtime interest in singer-songwriter, John Stewart (https://johnstewartdocumentary.wordpress.com). Stewart, composer of The Monkee’s hit recording, “Daydream Believer,” was once a member of the popular folk group, The Kingston Trio. Although he recorded over 40 solo albums, recorded his own hit songs while writing many for other popular artists, and had a career that spanned almost 50 years in the music industry, he remains mostly-unknown to the general public. Steve wants to rectify that by bringing John Stewart’s story and music to the wide audience he never achieved during his lifetime. Stewart’s music couldn’t be easily categorized. He wrote songs that could be considered folk, country, rock, pop, blues and gospel. The only thing these categories and Stewart’s music have in common are their stories about people of the land he loved. Much as John Steinbeck achieved in print and the Wyeth family of painters in art, Stewart’s music told stories of common Americans: their lives, loves, hopes, dreams and betrayals. John Stewart may be the first Americana recording artist; he certainly was one of its most talented musicians.
With “Window to the Future” under his belt, Steve further developed his graphic design and video production abilities through Santa Monica College’s graphic design program and completed a certificate in 2007. He also has a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Redlands where he majored in government and drama. A native Californian, Steve resides in Santa Monica with his lovebird, Stinky–who talks–but only when he wants something.