Storytree Films: The Roots of a Creation
Luke Golden – Writer, Producer & Director – Founder of Story Tree Films
Biography: Luke Golden has produced, written and directed about a dozen short films and has written as many feature-length screenplays. He is also the co-founder of the production companies Manson Place Pictures (“The Heirloom”) and Golden Olive Films, which produced “Culprit,” “Broken Playground Dreams,” among others.
Mr. Golden has been working in the film industries of Hollywood and New York for over 12 years. Mr. Golden’s varied background in independent film includes such diverse work as digital editor and camera operator to writer, director and producer. Mr. Golden who has studied film nearly his entire life received the rare opportunity to apprentice with the acclaimed filmmaker and film historian, Peter Bogdanovich [The Last Picture Show (1971), Paper Moon (1973)] for over three years. Mr. Golden received credit as Mr. Bogdanovich’s assistant on The Cat’s Meow (2001).
Luke Golden graduated with high honors from the Screenwriting program at Boston University with a BA in Film and Television. He received the Screenwriting Achievement Award upon graduation. There he studied under the tutelage of the maverick screenwriter, Stephen Geller, who adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse Five to the screen. Mr. Golden studied film production at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. His short film,“The Caucus,”received special recognition and was selected to be screened at the 2005 Marbletown Arts Association juried film festival in Rosendale NY.
Currently teaching film and television production at Santa Susana Magnet High School outside of Los Angeles, Mr. Golden is the film program director and coordinator. Keeping in touch with his film industry contacts, he brings varied professional colleagues into the classroom exposing the students to his own real world experience. He is also the creator and host of the prestigious annual student Filmstock Film Festival held at Santa Susana Magnet High School. With multiple projects in the works, he is in development on several scripts with interest from various production companies; one project he is set to direct. Mr. Golden is also currently developing a television series about his experiences in the classroom with the accomplished screenwriter Daniel Pyne (Fracture, Manchurian Candidate).