Toddy Stewart started his career as a busboy in a Croatian restaurant at the age of 13.
He has a high school diploma, an undergraduate degree, a couple of continuing education certificates, a number of graduate degree credits and a mail-in minister's license.
He's worked as a janitor, an art hanger, a substitute public school teacher, a bartender and for a while now, a collaborative filmmaker- as a director, editor, cinematographer and creative director depending on the project. You know... depending. He does this at Picture Farm, an integrated production company at which he fills a role as one of the partners and as head creativey person, where he gets to wave his jazz hands over the top of all sorts of projects. At the risk of going overboard, here is a bunch of stuff; a whole lot of words:
He's won an Emmy award. That's probably best thing he's won, I think.
But he's played whatever part he had to play in a couple Clios, some Cannes Lions third place finishes, some near misses at the Webbys and some accolades at the Addys and Reggies. Something he was distantly, but technically, associated with won a best directing award at Sundance. He's won some other awards at some other film festivals. The Vimeo staff has very much liked a few things he's worked on. Most recently- in 2019 in fact- he was announced as a Small Business Administration’s New York State Small Business Person of the Year where he missed the award ceremony in Washington D.C. (presided over by the lady who runs professional wrestling) thanks to a grave illness. He is very keen on playing a part in the positive evolution of social values like inclusion and diversity and on behalf of Picture Farm, he accepted a Brooklyn Workforce Innovations 2019 Outstanding Employer Award, at which he delivered an unpreconceived but certainly heartfelt acceptance speech. He's never been nominated for a "most improved" award though, and that's the one he’s always wanted. Honest. He once came in second place in an amateur surfing competition and was a teammate on a number of New York City amateur soccer league champion teams back in the day.
His handiwork has been installed or presented at, among others, Wembley Stadium, Midnight Moment at Times Square, the Barclays Center Oculus, Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Oculus, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Orange Country Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Brooklyn Museum, Kunsthaus Zürich, dozens of midtown department store windows, Colette Paris, Niketowns across the world and hundreds of New York taxi cabs.
He has not yet fully made unfinished (but I’m sure very exciting) films about traveling in Gabon during the African Cup of Nations, and attempting to teach his son to surf in Australia. He has spent the lesser part of ten years observing his online habits and for a number of years he curated an art gallery.
His dog likes him well enough, I'm pretty sure.
He’s not made an expertise of public speaking, but in 2018 he joined an expert panel at Advertising Week New York talking about how to make things for a variety of digital destinations and at the 2019 version of SXSW, he found himself on an expert panel conversing about how to make the advertising industry more inclusive. At some point he spoke to Ad Forum about ways to think about fostering diversity and curiosity in business and was recently asked by Creativepool to make sense of Picture Farm.
He is, or tries to be, a “surfer,” having brought the nagging habit to New York with him from California. Subsequently, for twelve or so years, he maintained a blog about not surfing called The Endless Bummer, and co-curates and co-produces the yearly surfboard design symposium It Doesn’t Not Work, about which he spoke to the magazines Huck Magazine and Fly Black Bird. He’s also been interviewed by the Swell Season surf podcast and was featured in a coffee table book about New York & New Jersey surfers titled Ice Cream Headaches.
His father-in-law gave him a very nice Spanish guitar he'd like to learn how to play. He tweets his dreams when he can remember them. He has a plein air painting easel he'd like to employ.
He lives in Brooklyn somewhere.