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Oscar News From Angelus Student Film Festival



Oscar Nod Latest Honor for Student Filmmaker-Actor Luke Matheny, winner of Student Academy Award, Angelus Student Film Festival Patrick Peyton Award, Crystal Heart Award, and other festival honors

Luke MathenyPark City, UT
– God of Love, Luke Matheny’s thesis film at the prestigious New York University film program, has been nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short. In addition to being tapped for an Oscar, the 18-minute comedy about a lounge-singing darts champion who receives a package of love-inducing darts, was winner of the gold medal at the 2010 Student Academy Awards, recipient of the Patrick Peyton Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Angelus Student Film Festival in Hollywood, CA, recipient of special jury recognition at Aspen ShortsFest and the King Award for Screenwriting at the NYU First Run Film Festival.

Matheny is in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival to attend a special screening of God of Love on January 29 at “An Evening of Angelus” at the 7th Annual Windrider Forum. Each year, the Angelus Student Film Festival sponsors the event as part of their “Angelus on the Road” series, which has presented some of the fest’s winning films to audiences in Park City, at Notre Dame University, and in Rome, Milan and Prague.

"We are thrilled for Luke that GOD OF LOVE has received an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Not only does his film display completely inventive humor and artistry, it evokes the empathy and universal qualities we also look for and honor in filmmaking at the Angelus Student Film Festival," notes Monika Moreno, director of the Angelus Student Film Festival, adding, "We predict that Luke has a long, successful cinematic career ahead of him and we are delighted to be with him as he embarks on his path."

Matheny’s Academy Award® nomination for God of Love marks the third consecutive year for Angelus winners to be tapped for Oscars. Last year, Gregg Helvey, winner of the 2009 Angelus Triumph of the Spirit Award was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film for his film KAVI. In 2009, director Reto Caffi, whose film ON THE LINE won the Angelus Patrick Peyton Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short.

An Evening of Angelus will present God of Love and other winning films at 6:30 pm on Sat., January 29, at Mountain Vineyard, 1401 Kearns Boulevard, Park City, UT 84060. The event is free and open to the public.

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