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JOHN LUESSENHOP (Director and Writer) made his directorial debut in the world of feature films with Lockdown, an independently produced urban prison drama acquired and distributed by Columbia Home Entertainment. The film struck a strong chord with urban audiences, opening the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York City and closing the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles. It also premiered internationally at the Toronto Film Festival. 

A native of McLean, Virginia, and an alumnus of the University of Virginia and Georgetown Law School, Luessenhop began his film career writing and directing the hard-edged 33-minute featurette Tick…Tick…Tick…, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Short Film at Universal's Florida Film Festival. 

Because of his gritty style, Luessenhop has directed more than 20 episodes for "America's Most Wanted,” including two national cop-of-the-year stories. 

Prior to making the leap to writing and directing, Luessenhop was a successful Wall Street attorney. He currently resides in Santa Monica, CA with his wife Catherine and three sons.


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