Steve Acevedo Castañon is a seasoned director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. His projects reflect his affinity for capturing heart-pounding moments, from elaborate and intensely violent sequences to a shared breath that changes everything.

As the director of the short dark action thriller EL COCODRILO, Steve won multiple awards including Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Steve’s most recent work can be seen in his feature directorial debut, the charming romantic comedy LOVE AND BASEBALL, acquired by HBO Max in 2022. The film won Best Feature Film at the Mexican-American Film & TV Awards. Steve’s credits further include directing two episodes of the hit USA Network series, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH starring Alice Braga, and ALL-AMERICAN: HOMECOMING on The CW. He has also directed a diverse spectrum of commercials for sports brands like Nike Basketball, beer brands like Cerveza Montejo and comedic campaigns for BurgerFi. 

Steve's visual perspective is informed by his extensive experience as a cinematographer. He most recently lensed the documentary features TikTok, BOOM and CODED BIAS, both of which premiered at Sundance (2020, 2022), as well as the award-winning indie features SATELLITE OF LOVE  and JACK'S APOCALYPSE. He also shot the feature doc, CATCHING THE SUN, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio; and collaborated with Ken Jeong on the ESPN 30 for 30 film, STUDENT/ATHLETE.

Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, Steve earned his M.F.A. in Film Production from Florida State University. He is a member of the DGA and currently resides in the lush urban sprawl of North Hollywood, CA. He is repped by John Bauman (Bauman Mgmt) and Liz Orr (WPA)