Lucas Smith

Lucas Smith

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.

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IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects
July 26, 2019

IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects

One of our best jobs here at SVA's MFA in Social Documentary Program is advising our graduate students on their film ideas, helping them make their concepts strong. The idea stage can be invigorating, but successful films happen with thoughtful planning. We surveyed our esteemed faculty for suggestions on what filmmakers should consider as they embark on a new project. Read More
Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni
May 29, 2019

Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni

A great many SocDoc alumni films are recently streaming into the comfort of your home these days - so we compiled a list to make a TV party easy for you! Check out the work our alumni are making, and tell a friend. Read More
Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More