Steve Carr attended Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts on a full scholarship to train as a painter and begin a career in illustration. However, his collaborative nature, love of music and leadership instincts led him to the doors of Def Jam Records. He convinced founder Russell Simmons to give his fledging design company, The Drawing Board, a deal to design all of Def Jam’s album artwork. The progressive style of The Drawing Board put hip-hop images in the forefront of popular culture and made Carr a success in the music business. Before long, artists were asking him to direct their music videos. For five years, Carr directed hits for nearly every relevant artist in hip-hop. He made groundbreaking videos for such artists as Jay-Z, Red Man, Method Man, Public Enemy, Lauren Hill and Moby, winning both MTV and Billboard Awards.
Carr was widely known in the music video business for his storytelling ability and his movie-like concepts. Ice Cube, who was looking for a director to take the reins of the sequel to his hit film Friday, called Carr. Next Friday was Carr’s feature directorial debut. It was a huge success for New Line, exceeding all expectations for a sequel. Carr chose to do another sequel as his second movie, the Twentieth Century Fox film, Dr. Dolittle 2, starring Eddie Murphy. It was an ideal match, and Carr went on to direct Murphy again in his third film, the original comedy Daddy Day Care for Revolution/Sony Pictures. Both films were big hits at the box office. He went back to Twentieth Century Fox for the Martin Lawrence comedy Rebound, and follow that with the Ice Cube movie Are We Done Yet? for Revolution and Sony. He followed that with another for Sony Pictures, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. It was a smash hit grossing over $150 million domestic. Steve helmed a segment of the hilarious comedy Movie 43 starring Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, and J.B. Smoove.
Steve has just finished directing the CBS Films family comedy, “Middle School”, written by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, and Kara Holden. Produced by Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson. Out in theaters October 7th, 2016.
He is also attached to direct the upcoming Rob Riggle & Tom Lennon-penned, buddy-comedy, “The Boondoggle”.
Carr is developing a slate of film and television including:
The AMC television series, “Sherman’s March”, based on Ross McElwee’s highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary. Racheal Horowitz and Steve Carr producing.
A feature film version of the Platinum Studios comic-book, “Meet the Haunteds”, in partnership with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit. Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Scott Rosenberg and Steve Carr Producing.
A single-camera comedy series based on the acclaimed documentary, “Nursery University”, in partnership with Mad Chance Productions. Andrew Lazar and Steve Carr producing.
The comedy television series, “The Front”, with producer Scott Mednick.