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Overview (4)

Born in Walnut Grove, California, USA
Birth NameGregory William Stechman
Nickname Papa Stech
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Motion picture Director/Writer and Novelist Greg William Stechman, whose influences include Pier Pasolini's "Salo", Wes Anderson's "Rushmore," as well as novelists such as David Sedaris and Stephen King, is a native Sacramentan and resides in Northern California. He is the owner Burning Grounds Motion Entertainment with filmmakers Lacie Oakley and Jon Rogers. Stechman graduated from CSU Sacramento in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Organizational Communication. During his years in college, Stechman worked extensively in multimedia, assisting New York Times Bestselling author Steve (MEG, The Loch) Alten in producing promotional films for his novels and developing his feature films. Stechman produced the short film "trans-pose" in 2003, and directed music videos for Sacramento bands Shortie ("Something Else") and Bonzai Empire ("Freworks") in 2004. During his senior year at CSU Sacramento State, Stechman wrote and directed the independent feature "Michael and Claire: A Portrait Of Love and Dreams". Stechman has just completed principal photography on the dramatic horror film "Threading Over Dark" and the film is currently in post production, the projected release date being late 2006. Stechman is currently adapting three of Bram Stoker Award Finalist Michael Laimo's novels "The Demonologist", "Deep In The Darkness", and "Atmosphere". He is preparing to shoot his second feature film in April-May 2006 in Northern California and is working on a fictional novel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: www.burninggrounds.net

Spouse (1)

Jennelyn Viray (26 October 2007 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (24)

His first job in the entertainment industry was a Production Assistant at KSCH 58 for Producer Denny Grayson.
His first movie viewing ever was Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Worked on the Radio Station KRXQ 93 Rock's weekly television show "Fright Nite Theater" at Channel 58. His first job on said show was Lighting.
Graduated from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California June 1997.
Graduate of California State University Sacramento, BA in Organizational Communication Studies, January 2004.
New York Times Best-selling Author Steve Alten frequently uses his names in his novels - Greg appears in Alten's latest book "Resurrection" as psychiatrist Dr. Stechman.
Attended Grammar School with Colin Hanks
Former manager of actress/model/dancer, Jennifer Santich.
Bases many of the sequences in his films on his real life experience with friends and family.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Stechman was studying to be a FBI or CIA Profiler. He studied Psychology at American River College in Sacramento from 1997 to 1999.
Has undergone a spinal fusion and shoulder reconstruction after being hit by a drunk driver.
Favorite writer/director is Wes Anderson and Stechman's favorite film (which led him to become a filmmaker) is "Rushmore."
Has adapted every single Michael Laimo novel for the screen -- The Demonologist, Atmosphere, as well as Deep In The Darkness. He also expanded Laimo's short story Anxiety into a feature film.
Formerly, owned Burning Grounds Motion Entertainment with Jon Rogers and Lacie Oakley.
Took many drama classes from actor Timothy Busfield in Sacramento, California.
Acted in three plays with Colin Hanks while in grammar school, including "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy."
Originally studied to be a behavior analyst/profiler for the FBI or CIA, until he saw the film "Rushmore," which inspired him to begin writing and directing films.
Has a daughter born in 2009.
Greg William Stechman is currently in post-production on the independent horror feature "Threading Over Dark." He is working on three screenplays, each based on the novels of horror author Michael Laimo: "Deep In The Darkness," "Atmosphere," and "The Demonologist." Stechman will shoot his second feature "Ladybugs." in Summer 2006. [March 2006]
Currently in post-production on his second feature film "Ladybugs." He is in principal photography on the horror/thriller "Anxiety," based on the novel by Michael Laimo. His feature film debut "This Hollow Sacrament" will be released on DVD by Unearthed Films in March 2007. He continues to prep his next features, a Untitled Sequel to "Sacrament" and an adaptation of Michael Laimo's sophomore novel "Deep In The Darkness." [January 2007]
Recovering from a spinal fusion. Is currently engaged to longtime college crush Jennelyn Viray and writing his next film with writing partner Dawn Dais. [February 2005]
Currently promoting his first feature film, "Michael and Claire: A Portrait of Love and Dreams." He is in production on his second film, a Horror/Thriller entitled "threading over dark." Also co-owns the production company Burning Grounds Independent Media [us] which currently has six films in its pipeline for 2005. [February 2004]
Recently completed "Michael and Claire: A Portrait Of Love and Dreams" for release in November of 2004. He is currently producing the short film "Obstruction" for director Dan Turturici and the feature independent film "Pink Ponies" for director Jason Okamoto. He is currently writing an original screenplay entitled "Bloody Mary" with Okamoto and also readying his follow-up to "Michael and Claire," a horror film entitled "Threading Over Dark" with his friend and sometimes writing collaborator Dawn Dais. [September 2004]
Currently in Post Production on his two latest films - Anxiety and Ladybugs. He is prepping his two next features, Duality and Land's Park, to be filmed in December 2008 through February 2009, respectively. He is also working on a semi-autobiographical novel entitled Pacific Grove. [August 2008]

Personal Quotes (6)

My ultimate goal is to direct a film that both Passolini and Cronenberg would be proud of. This task only will probably consume my entire filmography.
I wish I know how to do something else, but making films is the only thing in life I'm suited for. Actually, I shouldn't say that because I love making films - but everyone is good at something; I'm just lucky I'm good at something so many people are enamored with. The power to entertain is awesome - I've always loved making people laugh, cry, become angry - it is an awesome power, and responsibility (to quote a great film). Every day, I wake up and thank God that this is what I get to do. I am truly blessed. - From an interview in The Saramento Bee, December 2003
Every day I wake up, and I'm angry, sad, depressed, in pain, or despondent, I thank God I have my art to fall back on. Pain keeps me alive and art keeps me nourished. I love this job.
[on being on live TV] Nerve-wracking. I was so self conscious, I could barely answer questions. It didn't help that the talk show host was insanely beautiful and distracting. My mom said I looked good, though, so what are you gonna do?
I'm a romantic comedy fan. I love horror. I love the dramatic. But really, if I get the chance to do a romantic comedy, I'm jumping at it!
Shock is more important to me than story or characters. I want to reach the audience on a visceral rather than a intellectual level. There's a wealth of films tackling deep and highbrow themes already, I don't need to be a part of it.

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