Lucas Baiano

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Lucas Baiano
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Lucas Baiano
Born (1988-07-20) July 20, 1988 (age 29)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian, American
Occupation Political ads and film director
Known for Directing campaign ads for Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Perry

Lucas R. Baiano (born July 20, 1988) is an American political filmmaker. Baiano has been employed as a director by the Republican Governors Association and presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Perry.[1]

Baiano received attention following a brief 2007 film pitch to former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his production of a campaign film promoting the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. senator Hillary Clinton.[2] Baiano's film was then picked up by Hillblazers, Hillary Clinton's official youth program.[3] Once Clinton conceded, Baiano went to work with the John McCain presidential campaign.[4]

He worked with Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry's 2012 presidential campaign after previously working for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.[5][6][7][8]


Baiano, born in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, of an American-born mother, started his work in film at the age of 16, forming Vision Films (now called Lumiere Films), a film company of his own through which he acquired work with Nestle Canada, Ontario Travel and Petro-Canada.[3][9][10] The United Nations uses one of the films Baiano produced to promote awareness of the Holocaust.[10]

After acquiring tickets to a Meet and Greet at a book lecture in Toronto with Bill Clinton,[11] Baiano briefly met the former president to pitch an idea to make a campaign video for his wife Hillary Clinton.[3] Baiano produced a three-minute video from the six hours of raw footage he was provided.[3] On January 21, 2008, Baiano spoke with Canada AM about his video and his experience from working with the Clintons' campaign.[12] Baiano's video has been featured on Hillary Clinton's official youth program/support sites;[3]

After the 2008 cycle Baiano produced a documentary film, Lucky Strike, which was screened at the Politics on Film International Film Festival in 2010 detailing his experiences with the Clinton campaign and the video.[3][13] In 2010, Baiano was hired by the Republican Governors Association as Director of Film and Visual Media.[14] In 2010, Baiano joined the Republican Governors Association as Director of Film and Visual Media.[15] Baiano received four Pollie Awards for his ads in 2011.[16]

In 2011, Baiano was hired by Republican former Minnesota Governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty.[5] Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race in August 2011 and Baiano joined the Rick Perry campaign in September.[6][17]

In 2014 Baiano was on the production team of a film about Brazilian writer Paulo Coehlo.

By early 2015 Baiano's style had spread to be incorporated by many politicians not employing him as their filmmaker.[18]

In November 2016 Baiano made the short film "American Comeback Story" about William Campudoni and how Donald J. Trump played a key role in Campudoni adjusting to life in New York after moving there from Puerto Rico.[19]


RGA Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee
Director of Film and Visual Media [20] (Director) Courage to Stand [21]
(Chief Director) 'Remember November'[22] (Director) Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee Visual Announcement [23]


  1. ^ Allen, Mike. "POLITICO Morning Score - Lucas Films for TPAW". POLITICO Morning Score. Mike Allen, POLITICO. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Seneca Student creates video for U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton". Seneca College Ontario website. Seneca College. January 18, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f Craggs, Samantha. Film student rides Hillary's coat tails. Niagara Falls Review Accessed April 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Craggs, Samantha. "Clinton Backer Switches Party's [sic]". The Sudbury Star. St. Catharines Standard. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Ward, Jon (March 17, 2011). "Tim Pawlenty Hires Video Prodigy Lucas Baiano To Spice Up Image". Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ a b Weigel, David (September 21, 2011). "Pawlenty's Video Magic-Maker Signs with Rick Perry". Slate. 
  7. ^ Scherer, Michael (March 21, 2011). "Tim Pawlenty, Seeking Definition, Purchases An Online Video Pose". Retrieved July 19, 2017 – via 
  8. ^ Times, The New York (March 23, 2011). "Video: Tim Pawlenty's Use of Web Video". The Caucus. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ Craggs, Samantha. (January 18, 2008) "He gets Clinton's vote Senaca student persuades ex-prez to let him make Hillary campaign video" The Toronto Sun", p. 34. Hosted by Accessed April 12, 2008.
  10. ^ a b news staff. (January 21, 2008) Ont. teen's film adds momentum to Clinton campaign Accessed April 12, 2008.
  11. ^ The Canadian Press. (January 18, 2008) Seneca film student behind Clinton video. The Brockville Recorder and Times (Ontario), pg. A8. Hosted by Accessed April 12, 2008.
  12. ^ Canada AM, January 21, 2008 Episode Number: 462 Season Num: 4[permanent dead link] Accessed April 12, 2008.
  13. ^ Lovell, Aaron. "Lucky Strike Catches New Media Wave". Politics on Film 2010 International Film Festival. Politics on FIlm. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ Scherer, Michael. "Campaign Videos: Will Anyone Pay to see them?". TIME Magazine. TIME Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ Ward, Jon. "Who will be the Republicans’ Rahm Emanu | The Daily Caller". Daily Caller. Daily Caller. 
  16. ^ Pollie Award Winners, Pollie Award Winners. "Pollie Award Winners" (PDF). AAPC Pollie Awards. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ Bakst, Brian (August 14, 2011). "Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ David Weigel. "A User's Guide to Republican Candidate 'Movie Trailers'". Bloomberg Politics, February 26, 2015
  19. ^ "Exclusive — 'American Comeback Story': Watch Story of How Trump Changed Boxer William Campudoni's Life". November 5, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  20. ^ Scola, Nancy. "RGA Makes Plans for Video Paywall". Tech President. Tech President. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  21. ^ MSNBC, First Read. "2012 - The Endless Campaign". MSNBC, First Read. MSNBC, First Read. Archived from the original on March 20, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  22. ^ Spiering, Charlie. "Remember November? Tim Pawlenty Does". San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco Examiner. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Tim Pawlenty's video guru, Lucas Baiano, talks politics, video and Ronald Reagan". YouTube (CitizenTube). YouTube (CitizenTube). Retrieved March 25, 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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