Sandra Luckow began her filmmaking career as an undergraduate at Yale University. Sharp Edges, her BA thesis, won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts. This intimate portrait of a fifteen year old figure skater from her home town received world-wide attention 8 years later when scandal broke before the 1994 Lilihammer Olympics. Then in 2017, it became the visual basis for the feature, I, TONYA and Allison Janney's Academy Award winning performance as Mrs Harding.
Luckow did her MFA graduate work at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film School in writing and directing.
She worked in casting at major Hollywood studios. She has shot for numerous shot reality television shows and documentaries that have taken her to China, Mexico, France, India, and Sundance. Her non-profit films have won Telly Awards and celebrity interviews have been broadcast in a variety of mediums from Broadway to the Internet.
She has adapted a WWII screenplay from a memoir and is beginning work on a documentary about the artist Faith Ringgold.
Luckow teaches both documentary and narrative film production at Yale University, School of Art, Barnard College, and Columbia University. She created and ran a six week intensive filmmaking workshop at the Yale Summer Film Institute.
Sandra has served as a juror for many festivals including, for eight years, as head juror of the USA Film Festival Short Film and Video Competition, an Academy Award qualifier.
She is a proud member of the Directors' Guild of America, The International Documentary Association and New York Women in Film and Television.