Luke Lorentzen

was born in 1993. He is a recent graduate from Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History, where he studied Art History and Film Studies. His previous films won awards at over ten international film festivals. Luke is also part of the creative team behind the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U” (seasons one through four). Originally from Connecticut, Luke now lives on the road, most recently working on projects in Kansas, Mexi- co City and Italy.


Santa Cruz del Islote, 2014; New York Cuts, 2015; Midnight Family, 2019.


USA, Mexico, 2019, colour, 77 min.
Director: Luke Lorentzen
In a city where the government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for a population of over nine million, the Ochoa family holds a private ambulance. Main characters got their reputation of being trustworthy working very hard. However, the sudden escalation in bribes can force them to wade into the ethically questionable practice of making money off of patients in dire straits.


Sundance Film Festival (USA, 2019) – U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography; Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico, 2019) – Best Mexican Film, Best Director; Hong Kong IFF (China, 2019) – Award for Best Documentary; CPH:DOX (Denmark, 2019) – Special Jury Mention, F:act Award; Kaliningrad FF (Russia, 2019) – Grand Prix; Montclair Film Festiva (USA, 2019)l – Special Jury Prize for Cinematography; Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (USA, 2019) – Bravery Award.