Peter Stein, ASC
As the Director of Photography on almost 50 feature films and TV movies, Peter Stein has photographed major studio and independent releases including classic cult films in various genres such as comedy and horror - as well as noted documentaries. He was invited to join the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers in 1999.
One of his first feature films as a Director of Photography was the horror film classic Friday the 13th Part 2, the second largest grossing film in 1981 for Paramount. He then went on to shoot the literary comedy Reuben, Reuben for 20th Century Fox, which was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor, Tom Conti, and Best Screenplay, Julis Epstein (Casablanca), and was the film debut of the actress Kelly McGillis.
Among other horror genre films he shot are Stephen King's blockbuster hit Pet Sematary, C.H.U.D. and Steven King's Graveyard Shift. He was the DP on two of Touchstone's children's movies, Ernest Saves Christmas and Ernest Goes to Jail and New Line's hit children's comedy Mr. Nanny starring Hulk Hogan and Sherman Helmsley. Among other films he shot are Paramount's football comedy Necessary Roughness with Scott Bakula, Robert Loggia and Kathy Ireland, and Orion's A Great Wall, directed by Peter Wang, the first Chinese/American co-production.
His TV films include Izzy and Moe, with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, The Con starring William Macy and Rebecca De Mornay, The Last Fling with John Ritter and Connie Selleca, Parent Trap Two with Haley Mills, and Private Contentment with Peter Gallagher for PBS' American Playhouse - directed by Tony Award winning director Vivian Matalon. Peter also lensed the groundbreaking NBC special event mini-series Under Siege with E. G. Marshall, Hal Holbrook, and Peter Strauss, and was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.
He has photographed numerous documentaries such as the critically acclaimed A Midwife's Tale for PBS' American Experience and the feature documentary Just Crazy about Horses which played theatrically in New York and LA. Among other documentary work is HBO's Laughs and The Mystery of the Morro Castle. He also shot the PBS documentary Tupperware which was the front cover story in the Sunday NY TIMES television section.
Peter has taught at SUNY Purchase and The School of Visual Arts, and has lectured on cinematography at numerous universities. He has been on the NYU graduate faculty since 2002 where he is Head of Production. Currently he is producing and directing a documentary film for American Public Television about his father the noted photographer Fred Stein.