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Steven Esteb

Screenwriting Instructor

Steven Esteb
Steven Esteb

Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Steven Esteb offers abundant experience and success in the film and television worlds.  A prolific screenwriter, Steven worked within Hollywood as a top agency-represented writer under ICM and later Paradigm. He holds years of experience as a script doctor, coach, and screenwriting instructor.  Beyond screenwriting, Esteb has directed features, commercials, music videos, and documentaries.  

Steven is perhaps best known for the 2000 cult film Baller Blockin', a Universal Studios-released rap film starring international rap superstar and New Orleans native Lil Wayne.  Baller Blockin' reached #1 on Billboard's DVD and video charts, eventually going quadruple platinum in sales volume.  

Steven also has a wealth of experience helming documentary films, most notably Living With… (1994). The result of two years of living and working at Heath House, an AIDS hospice in Santa Barbara, the film received widespread attention for documenting and humanizing the stories of the hospice’s residents. Celebrities including Michael Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Herbie Hancock donated to the film’s production, and the awareness spread by the film led to the opening of new AIDS hospices across the country.

Esteb’s recently-completed feature-length 2016 film, Hate Crime, explores two families torn apart by homophobia and violence.  Starring Amy Redford, John Schneider, and Kevin Bernhardt, the drama continues to generate awards and accolades at festivals around the world.

Steven joined Loyola University's digital filmmaking program in Spring 2017, where he currently teaches screenwriting. He holds a degree in political science, and studied film production at Boston University's graduate film program.  Currently, he lives in his adopted home of rural Louisiana with his wife and two children.  


B.A., Political Science

Classes Taught

 Screenwriting, Directing, Production Management, and Film Theory and Process.


Areas of Expertise

Filmmaking, screenwriting, directing