Nominated for Producers Award
Producer: Lucas Joaquin
Lucas Joaquin is an independent creative producer in New York City, and a founding member (with Drew Houpt and Alex Scharfman) of the production company Secret Engine. With Secret Engine, he has produced feature films for some of the most original voices working in contemporary cinema.
Most recently, Joaquin produced Braden King’s feature film, The Evening Hour, which premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival; and Tayarisha Poe’s feature Selah and the Spades, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios, which is also developing a television series based on the film.
He was executive producer on the features Blow the Man Down (dir. Bridget Savage-Cole & Danielle Krudy), which screened at the 2019 Tribeca and Toronto International Film Festivals (Amazon Studios); and Ira Sachs’s feature film Frankie, starring Isabelle Huppert and Marisa Tomei, which premiered in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the US by Sony Pictures Classics. He also produced Love After Love, starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd, directed by Russell Harbaugh (winner of the award for Best Cinematography at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival; IFC Films). In post-production is Karen Cinorre’s Mayday, starring Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth and Juliette Lewis.
Upcoming Secret Engine projects include Andrew Semans’s Resurrection, selected for the 2019 Blacklist, executive produced by Lars Knudsen and Ari Aster; Backflip, to be directed by Jono Chanin with Brendan Fraser and Noah Schnapp attached to star; Russell Harbaugh’s Compound; Heaven or Las Vegas directed by Lauren Wolkstein; Cats of Baxley written by Scharfman with Andy Serkis attached to direct; and Toru, written and to be directed by Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap.
Before co-founding Secret Engine, he produced the features Complete Unknown, directed by Joshua Marston, starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon (Amazon Studios); and Little Men, directed and co-written by Ira Sachs, starring Greg Kinnear and Paulina Garcia (Magnolia Pictures) – both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival – as well as Sachs’s previous features, Love Is Strange and Keep the Lights On, and was the 2nd Unit Producer for Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin.
Joaquin was a 2012 Sundance Creative Producing Lab Fellow and a participant at the 2013 Berlinale Talent Campus. He worked for many years with the prolific production company Parts & Labor.