Thirty-five year-old Steven Baigelman
was born and raised in Toronto. After one year at York University, Baigelman dropped out and moved to New York to study acting under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After deciding that an actor's life was not for him, Baigelman enrolled in a painting program at City College and showed his work in galleries in New York and Europe. While painting, he worked days as a film production assistant and also began writing original screenplays. He wrote the screenplay adaptation to a novel entitled The Year of the Zinc Penny
, which was never produced but did earn him an introduction to Stacey Sher
at Jersey Films. Soon after, Baigelman submitted his original screenplay, Feeling Minnesota, to Sher and Jersey quickly committed to producing the film, with the novice Baigelman as director. After participating in the Director's Lab at the Sundance Institute, Baigelman made his directorial debut with the very personal Feeling Minnesota.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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