Oscar A. C. Lund
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Oskar Augustus Constantine Lund was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was the son of Swedish actor and theater director Carl Ludwig Lund (1858–1893). He emigrated in 1900 to the United States. Sometimes referred to by his initials "O.A.C.", Lund joined the burgeoning motion picture industry, directing his first film in 1912 titled The Wager. The following year, Lund filmed The Great Unknown in Canada, marking it as the first dramatic film ever to be made in that country.
As was often the case in the early days of film, Lund also wrote the screenplay as well as acted in many of the films he directed. In 1917 he wrote what might be labeled as a docudrama called Mother Love and the Law. The film was based on a real life child-custody case in Illinois.
Between 1912 to 1924, Oscar Lund directed more than 60 films in the United States. These included the first feature film made by the New Jersey based U.S. division of the French Éclair Film Company in 1914 titled Into the Wilderness. He frequently worked with director and screenwriter B. A. Rolfe, and with the British actress Barbara Tennant, directing her in more than half a dozen films.
In 1933 in his native Sweden, Lund returned to filmmaking, directing his first talkie, a Swedish language film titled Kärlek och dynamit (Love and Dynamite).
Oscar Lund died in 1963 and was interred in the Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm.