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TV producer, Dordt alumnus to speak Oct. 21

October 21, 2004

Luke Schelhaas, a writer and co-producer on The Warner Brother Television Network popular drama "Smallville," will share his perspective on working as a Christian in Hollywood at Dordt College Thursday, Oct. 21, at 11. a.m., in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Schelhaas' presentation is the third in a series of monthly Jubilee convocations, which are being held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dordt College.

Schelhaas, Dordt College Class of '96, is a Sioux Center native, the son of David and Jerilyn Schelhaas, who are both professors at Dordt College.

Schelhaas will speak on the topic, "Showing Up with a Vision." Schelhaas will also speak to English and communication classes at Dordt College, and has tentatively been scheduled as the guest on "Conversations with Dr. Carl Zylstra," on KDCR radio (88.5 FM) Friday at 8:05 a.m.

Schelhaas was previously a writer and producer for the CBS Television drama "Touched By An Angel." During his six years with that series, he was a producer of eleven scripts, and co-wrote (with Executive Producer Martha Williamson) the show's two part series finale. During the final season, Schelhaas was the show's on-set producer as well.

Schelhaas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Language Arts at Dordt College in 1996, then attended the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. While in LA, he interned on the Warner Bros. lot with Witt-Thomas Films and decided to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his work with "Touched By An Angel," Schelhaas wrote and produced the award-winning short film "Water With Food Coloring." This 16-minute comedy has now screened in more than ten film festivals, including IFP West/LA International, Santa Monica, Palm Springs, Heartland, and the New York International Film and Video Festival, where in April of 2003 it won awards for Best Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Actor. At the time, "Water" had already been released theatrically in Salt Lake for five months. Luke also wrote and performed the film's title song.

In 2004, Schelhaas wrote the short film "MAX," which swept seven awards at LA's 168-Hour Film Festival, including the award for Best Screenplay and Best Picture. He has also written feature screenplays and TV spec scripts and developed TV pilots. A published poet and essayist, a certified high school English teacher, a public speaker, and a singer-songwriter with a demo CD coming soon, Schelhaas is currently a resident of Los Angeles.

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