Lucas Smith grew up in Tempe, Arizona. After receiving his BA in Philosophy and Math & Science History from St. John’s College in New Mexico in 2007, he began independently producing short narrative films and composing music for others. This activity culminated in “The Canyon,” which he produced, wrote, directed and composed the musical score for. In 2009, Lucas moved to South Korea to teach English, and it was there he began his journey into documentary filmmaking. While there, he created five short films featuring different aspects of the country: from its urban decay and coastal life, to its history of political unrest. Since returning from South Korea, Lucas has remained a prolific filmmaker, creating a dozen short documentaries in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. His primary interests are in capturing the individual’s position in modern life, and the dichotomy between industry and nature.