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Luke's approach to filmmaking evolved from a strong background in the arts. He grew up studying classical music and dance and trained at the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Following his studies in dance, he worked as a professional musician, touring and recording throughout Canada. Returning to school, he became heavily involved in theater, performing lead roles in many critically acclaimed productions, co-founding a touring summer-stock theater company and earning a degree in Drama and English. After college he spent a year traveling abroad where he taught at-risk youths music and drama.

Luke's training in the arts inevitably led him to filmmaking. He has worked professionally as a director and editor of television ads and short-form documentaries for both local and international broadcast. His short doc "Meeka Mike" was shot entirely on location in the High Arctic and was showcased at the Hanover Millennium World Fair, and continues to be broadcast throughout the world.

While at USC he has honed his technical and artistic skills as a writer, director, DP and editor. He received the Thomas Bush Scholarship for Excellence in Cinematography and his short script "I Remember" won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award and is now in pre-production. His current film "Shelter" won the Fotokem Student Filmmaking Grant and received considerable production assistance from Sony Pictures Studios and CBS. He is extremely grateful to the Caucus and its members for their generous award and is planning to wrap post¬production of "Shelter" by January 2004.

Luke is currently developing several feature film scripts.

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