Current Student King Lu Finalist for the 2019-2020 Humanitas College Drama Fellowship, Releases Two Films

BY Felix van Kann, October 9, 2019

The future looks bright for current student King Lu. He was selected as one of three finalists for the 2019-2020 Humanitas Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship for his teleplay From June to July. If chosen as the winner, Lu would continue the University’s success in the competition after Jessica Shields ‘18 was awarded the Fellowship last year.   


Additionally, Lu’s two films Wanda's Grave and Can You Hear Me? both screened at the Golden Door International Film Festival in New Jersey last month.  


Wanda’s Grave, written and directed by Lu, tells the story of a young girl who copes with the loss of her mother in a strange and peculiar way.


In Can You Hear Me?, a father is on his way to pick up his daughter from school when he learns that a school shooting is happening. The film was written and directed by Lu and produced by recent alumna Taylor Mendonca ’19.


Humanitas is a non-profit organization that honors and empowers film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way which brings the global community closer. According to Humanitas’ website, “the Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship exists to recognize and reward the talents of young writers with financial support to empower them to tell meaningful stories.”


The Golden Door International Film Festival, founded in 2010 by actor Bill Sorvino, has grown to become one of the foremost film festivals on the east coast. GDIFF has been twice named the number 1 film festival in New Jersey by New Jersey Stage Magazine and has been placed on the 2018 Top 50 Film Festivals by Movie Maker Magazine.


King Lu is a Chinese-American filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. After studying Philosophy and Economics at Duke University, he attended Columbia University’s graduate film program in Screenwriting/Directing. He is currently based in Los Angeles where he writes feature screenplays and prepares for his thesis short film.