2011 Quincy High School alum Luke Grigg will have his documentary, All For One, featured in the eighth annual Destiny City Film Festival (DCFF) in Tacoma. The festival will showcase 39 features and short films from 10 countries virtually from Feb. 26 to March 7.
His documentary, All For One, is a sports documentary focused on Asian-American UCLA basketball player Natalie Chou. Chou is one of the only 1% of Asian American females playing D-1 basketball. The synopsis of the film from DCFF states that Chou thought she “would never have a role model to look up to on the court... but that hero was closer than she thought.” The film was produced in partnership with UCLA Athletics.
Grigg said he is really excited that his film is being featured in a festival that is located in his home state.
All films in the festival will be considered for DCFF’s 1st Prize Storyteller’s Award, Excellence in Narrative Feature Storytelling Award, Excellence in Documentary Storytelling Award, Excellence in Narrative Short Storytelling Award and the Evergreen Storyteller Award.
The 28-year-old film maker said he didn’t originally plan to go into film. He was a three sport athlete growing up and never really considered himself an art kid. Grigg participated in an exchange program to Peru with the rotary club when he was 18 and the following year lived in Israel after finding out about some family relations there. These experiences made Grigg realize how important people’s stories are and he knew he wanted to be able to tell these stories. Film just happened to be the medium he chose to use.
Grigg said he focuses on creating content with communities, not just in them. He wants the communities to be as involved in the process as possible.
Grigg went to UCLA Film School and started to work for UCLA’s Women’s Basketball as a creative director. He then started his own production company in 2015 called Circle 3 Productions. On his website, http://circle3productions.com/home, you can find 10 of Grigg’s films, his blog, photos from his documentaries and the team that helps it all come together. He even won a Webby in 2019 for one of his films.
Grigg wanted to make sure to thank the Quincy community for the hard work ethic and opportunities to be successful that it gave him growing up, as well as UCLA Athletics for their role in his success.