Luke Matheny is a filmmaker, writer and actor, currently based in Santa Monica, Calif.


His short film “God of Love” – a comedy about a lounge-singing darts champion who receives a package of love-inducing darts – received the 2011 Academy Award for Best-Live Action Short. The film was also winner of the gold medal at the 2010 Student Academy Awards; special jury recognition at Aspen ShortsFest; as well as first prize and the King Award for Screenwriting at the NYU First Run Film Festival. “God of Love” was Matheny’s thesis at NYU’s prestigious graduate film program.


Matheny has also co-written a feature-length coming-of-age comedy, "A Birder’s Guide to Everything," with Sundance-award-winning director Rob Meyer. The project is currently in pre-production at Crossroads Films in New York.


His previous short film "Earano" -- a loose, comic retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale – won  the King Award for Screenwriting at the NYU First Run Festival, an honorable mention for the Fujifilm Audience Impact Award at the Angelus Student Film Festival, and Best Student Short at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada.


"Earano" was also called "charming and hilarious [and] quite romantic" by New York Magazine's website.


Matheny grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter and copy editor in a variety of newspapers, magazines and web sites. He has also worked as a synopsis writer for Netflix and as a story editor for the MTV series MADE. But his favorite job has been teaching writing and directing at the School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) in Brooklyn.


He is currently writing a feature comedy script called “Ron Quixote.” He enjoys jazz, Scrabble and cleaning his desk.

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