Our Story

The Film Foundry was formed in 1997 by Scott Kecken and Joy Lusco Kecken. The pair met at Towson University in 1995. Their first collaboration, Louisville, starred Emmy award-winner Andre Braugher. It was screened at over 30 film festivals and won over 10 awards, including best short at the New York Independent International Film Festival. After receiving grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Maryland Humanities Council, they began their feature-length documentary, We Are Arabbers, about Baltimore's horse-and-wagon produce vendors. While in post-production on the documentary, they completed another short narrative film, Woman Hollering Creek. In 2007, they made their television directing debut for HBO's "The Wire". Scott and Joy live in Culver City with their son.

Shooting  We Are Arabbers

Shooting We Are Arabbers

Joy Lusco Kecken

Joy Lusco Kecken is a writer, producer and director. She has writing credits for the award-winning Television series, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire. In 1998, she co-wrote the 100th episode, season finale of Homicide, which TV Guide voted the Top Ten Best Show of the Year. 

In 1999, she received the Individual Artist Award for Screenwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, while winning the award previously in 1997 and 1995. She wrote and co-directed the short film, Louisville, starring Emmy award-winning actor Andre Braugher. The short won acclaim and awards throughout its festival run including Best Short from the New York Independent International Film Festival, a Jury Award from the Atlanta Film and Video Festival and the Lumiere Award from the New Orleans Film and Video Festival.

Joy's diverse cerdits include the Jim Sheridan directed 50 Cent biography movie, Get Rich or Die Trying. Her co-written feature narrative, Maker of Saints, will soon be in production, starring Erykah Badu. Joy was a Story Producer for the reality TV series, Random 1, which aired on the A&E channel. In 2007, Joy co-directed for "The Wire", her television directorial debut.

Scott Kecken

Scott has been producing and directing narrative and documentary films for the past twelve years. In 1997, he formed The Film Foundry with his partner, Joy Lusco. Their first collaboration, Louisville, screened at over thirty festivals and won eleven awards and aired on BET, PBS and Showtime.

In 1999, he received the Individual Artist Award in Filmmaking from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work on Baltimore's horse-and-wagon produce hucksters, We Are Arabbers, was awarded production grants from the Maryland Humanities Council and Maryland State Arts Council. Shot and edited on digital video by Scott, the documentary was completed in Fall 2004.

In between projects, he and his partner Joy released a second award-winning narrative short, Woman Hollering Creek. Scott is is co-founder of Baltimore's first media co-operative, Creative Alliance movie makers (CAmm). With his wife, Scott co-directed the third episode of the last season of "The Wire". In 2008, Scott moved with his family to Los Angeles.


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