Stephen Glantz is an award winning screenwriter and author. His book Clara's War, published in the U.S. by Harper Collins, has been translated into 21 languages and was named a Sophie Brody Honor Book by the American Library Association. His most recent film, Crescendo, directed by Dror Zhavi and released in 2020, received a special award from the Cinema for Peace Foundation at the Berlin Festival. Also honored were Vanessa Redgrave, Costa Gavras and Gerald Butler. Wunderkinder, released in 2011 and directed by Marcus Rosenmueller, received the Yad Vashem Award as best film at the Jerusalem Film Festival. The film also garnered three awards at The Giffoni Children's Film Festival, won best screenplay in Copenhagen and received over a dozen audience awards at festivals including Palm Springs, Stony Brook and The Berkshire International Film Festival.
Stephen has been a working screen and television writer since 1982. He has written or produced over 300 hundred hours of television programming for such shows as Hart to Hart, The Fall Guy, and the cult series Divorce Court.
In the late 1980's Stephen began to work in long form, writing both feature films and movies for television. His television movies include To Live Again with Bonnie Bedelia and Frances Sternhagen, While Justice Sleeps, with Cybil Shepard and Tim Matheson, and Poisoned by Love with Harry Hamlin and Helen Shaver. He also wrote the Brandon Lee/Dolf Lundgren action film Showdown in Little Tokyo. He has written for all the major studios and networks and worked with such directors as Sidney Poitier, Bruce Beresford, Ivan Passer, Steven Gylenhall and Agniesazka Holland.
Stephen's most recent TV movie The Watsons go to Birmingham is an adaptation of the award winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Since 2000, Stephen has worked extensively in Germany for Artur Brauner and Alice Brauner and their German production company CCC Filmkunst. Besides Wunderkinder and Crescendo, CCC had produced Stephen's scripts for Lara (2000), Der Letzte Zug (The Last Train, 2006), Babij Jar (2001), and Auf Das Leben ( To Life, 2014).
Stephen was a scholar-in-residence at Brandeis in 2008 and 2010 and has also taught at Williams College.