Stephen Crutchfield was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. He later moved to southern California where he earned his bachelor’s degree, a double major in television/film and religion. For nearly eight years after graduation, Stephen took a break from film/video and instead worked for West Coast Imaging, a premier fine art photographic printing studio. His love for film was sparked again in 2007 when he teamed up with large format photographer, Michael Ambrose, to create the award winning short documentary, TISSIACK: THE GREAT NORTHWEST FACE OF HALF DOME. Stephen then decided to move to San Diego, California where he recently graduated from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in television, film and new media production.
Since his reentry to television and film, Stephen has worked on many projects as writer, producer, and director, resulting in numerous festival screenings and awards. Stephen’s work has aired on PBS, and his documentary, THE LAST VAQUERO, received a regional student Emmy (NATAS Pacific Southwest) in 2010. Stephen received a 2nd regional student Emmy in 2011 for his work as the creator and series producer of the six-episode web series, HOLLYWOOD HELL. His films have been funded by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Kathleen Kennedy Production Grant. He most recently teamed up with Hollywood veteran screenwriter and playwright Stephen Metcalfe (JACKNIFE, BEAUTIFUL JOE, PRETTY WOMAN, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS, TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS) and producer Patrick Scott to direct the short film EL ABUELO.
Stephen currently lives in San Diego with his wife and daughter.