Lucas Baiano

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Lucas Baiano
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Lucas Baiano
Born (1988-07-20) July 20, 1988 (age 28)
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 is currently working with Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry's 2012 presidential campaign after previously working for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.[5][6]


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][7][8] The United Nations uses one of the films Baiano produced to promote awareness of the Holocaust.[8]

After acquiring tickets to a Meet and Greet at a book lecture in Toronto with Bill Clinton,[9] 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.[10] Baiano's video has been featured on Hillary Clinton's official youth program/support sites;[3]

Baiano produced a documentary film 'Lucky Strike' after the 2008 cycle which was screened at the Politics on Film International Film Festival in 2010 detailing his experiences with the Clinton campaign and the video.[3][11] In 2010, Baiano joined the Republican Governors Association as Director of Film and Visual Media.[12] Baiano received four Pollie Awards for his ads in 2011.[13]

In 2010, Baiano was acquired by the Republican Governors Association as Director of Film and Visual Media.[14]

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][15]


RGA Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee
Director of Film and Visual Media [16] (Director) Courage to Stand [17]
(Chief Director) 'Remember November'[18] (Director) Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee Visual Announcement [19]


  1. ^ Allen, Mike. "POLITICO Morning Score - Lucas Films for TPAW". POLITICO Morning Score. Mike Allen, POLITICO. 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. 
  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". The Sudbury Star. St. Catharines Standard. 
  5. ^ a b Ward, Jon (2011-03-17) 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. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b news staff. (January 21, 2008) Ont. teen's film adds momentum to Clinton campaign Accessed April 12, 2008.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Canada AM, January 21, 2008 Episode Number: 462 Season Num: 4 Accessed April 12, 2008.
  11. ^ Lovell, Aaron. "Lucky Strike Catches New Media Wave". Politics on Film 2010 International Film Festival. Politics on FIlm. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ Ward, Jon. "Who will be the Republican's Next Emanuel?". Dailey Caller. Dailey Caller. 
  13. ^ Pollie Award Winners, Pollie Award Winners. "Pollie Award Winners" (PDF). AAPC Pollie Awards. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ Scherer, Michael. "Campaign Videos: Will Anyone Pay to see them?". TIME Magazine. TIME Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ Bakst, Brian (2011-08-14). "Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  16. ^ Scola, Nancy. "RGA Makes Plans for Video Paywall". Tech President. Tech President. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  17. ^ MSNBC, First Read. "2012 - The Endless Campaign". MSNBC, First Read. MSNBC, First Read. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ Spiering, Charlie. "Remember November? Tim Pawlenty Does". San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ "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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