Luke Jaden

| February 8, 2016

Luke Jaden

Made in Detroit, Luke Jaden is a writer and director. With his passion for Stephen King, he founded Derry Films, an independent production company gravitating toward sophisticated stories.

Most recently, Jaden wrote and directed Wolf Who Cried Boy, an anti-coming-of-age tale starring Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi and Beasts of The Southern Wild’s Dwight Henry. Jaden also directed King Ripplehis visually abstract stunner starring Short Term 12‘s Keith Stanfield.

Jaden is most known for his critically acclaimed documentary, Madman or Martyr. Earning a prestigious spot in USA Today, Jaden gained tremendous amounts of notoriety cleverly documenting the true telling of white abolitionist John Brown and the relentless raid he led on Harper’s Ferry.

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King Ripple

King Ripple

Four teens travel into a desolate and decrepit urban wasteland brought forth by the very being they wish to find, dead or alive. A short film by Luke Jaden.

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The Listing

The Listing

Something terribly inhuman has had this house all to itself… until now. A short film by Luke Jaden.

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