STEVE: Documentary Filmmaker

Steve Dorst is an American documentary filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. His feature documentary films include Jobs for G.I.s (2015), Shattered Sky (2012), and Volcanic Sprint (2007). You can watch them on DirecTV, PBS, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon. He is currently in post-production on Rebirth of Over-the-Rhine and in production on two more feature documentaries.

DORST MEDIAWORKS: Videos for International Development Organizations

Through his production company Dorst MediaWorks, Dorst makes videos for international development organizations. These stories often feature beneficiaries and show how development projects improve their lives. They illustrate development results, mobilize funds, or raise awareness. Development topics include: health, agriculture, governance, the environment, gender, microfinance, and education. Dorst has directed and produced videos for international development organizations on five continents, filming in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. Clients include: USAID and its implementers, the World Bank Group and its partners, and international nonprofits.

Z-CHANNEL FILMS: The Denver Connection

Steve Dorst is also Founder and Producer of Z-Channel Films, a full-service Denver-based video production company he runs with Doug Gritzmacher. Z-Channel counts among its clients firms working toward a “triple bottom line” of profit, people, and the planet. In 2014, Dorst won a Telly Award for directing and producing Saving Sally, a 60-second broadcast TV commercial. In 2015, the pair made Skateboard Mom and the Sisters of Shred for AARP. In 2016, they made Super Humans UnmaskedDorst and Gritzmacher were the first outside filmmakers hired to make a feature documentary for DirecTV’s Audience Channel, 2015’s Jobs for G.I.s.


In 2012, this American documentary filmmaker directed and produced the documentary feature Shattered Sky: The Battle for Energy, Economy and Environment. It played on PBS and streams on iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu. Buy the DVD.

In 2011, Dorst was writer, DP, and editor for Bench to Bedside, a 12-part science-documentary TV series acquired by Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He received a director credit on four episodes (Bench to Bedside on IMDB). He was a 2012 Emmy Award Nominee for Laura’s Story.

In 2007, Dorst directed and produced his first documentary Volcanic Sprint, filmed in Cameroon. It played in festivals worldwide. Check out the testimonials from these elite athletes who enjoyed Volcanic Sprint. You can watch Volcanic Sprint on iTunes and Amazon. Buy the DVD. “Volcanic Sprint”: Winner, USA Film Festival; Winner, Big Bear Lake Film Festival; Official Selection, 2008 Adventure Film Festival (Volcanic Sprint); Official Selection, Jackson Hole Film Festival; Official Selection, Kathmandu Film Festival; Official Selection, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival; Official Selection, Boulder Adventure Film Festival.

More awards: 2007 Telly Award, Silver Winner for “NCRC: Imagine”; 2007 Telly Award, Bronze Winner, for “TMA: Shining Star Gala”; ITVA-DC Peer Awards, 2005 Winner, Certificate of Merit for “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders” in the Corporate/PR/Marketing division; CINE Golden Eagle, 2005 Winner, Special Jury Award for “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders,” in the Motivational/Professional/Non-Telecast division; New York Festivals International Film and Video, 2005 Winner, Finalist Award Winner for “Knowledge Workers” in the Internal Communications division; CINE Golden Eagle, 2004 Winner, “Knowledge Workers”; Aegis Award of Excellence, 2004 Winner, “jointokyo.”

Steve Dorst earned his Master’s in Economics and African Studies from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy. During the summer, he worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, Belgium. He received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, working at the Université de Yaoundé II, Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he studied African economics, anthropology, and sociology. He also apprenticed under Noah Ondongo Generaud, studying an ancient stringed musical instrument, the mvet. Dorst also studied at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV. His undergraduate degree is in International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, during which time he specialized in Post-Soviet affairs, studying abroad in Dresden, Budapest, and Warsaw.