LUNAFEST, the national traveling film festival presented by nutrition bar company LUNA, showcases films by, for, and about women.
The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket first brought Lunafest to the island in 2010. This festival is now a signature event of NCTV18, Nantucket’s Media Arts Center.
LUNAFEST 2021 will be A UNIQUE ‘hybrid’ event held on Saturday, May 29, at 6:30 pm. Guests can attend virtually, screening films from home, or join the socially distanced in-person event hosted by the Dreamland Theater. Both virtual and in-person attendees will want to bid high during the silent online auction: Travel packages with 2-year extensions, art and jewelry from local artisans, limited edition signed movie and music collectibles, and sumptuous offerings from the island’s top restaurants are just a few of the items on offer. Bidding begins May 17 and will continue until May 31st at midnight and winners will be announced by phone call.
Well-known island resident, actor, writer, and director John Shea is thrilled to be part of welcoming LUNAFEST back to Nantucket. John will co-host the event with Joyce Pedretti, Executive Vice President, and Senior Creative Director in NYC. John is returning as a host of LUNAFEST, having a long history with this event during his involvement with the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Joyce has worked in the advertising world for over 20 years, creating many national campaigns with top film directors and producers worldwide.
Funds raised support the LUNAFEST mission and the upcoming construction of “Studio A,” NCTV’s new broadcast studio, and expand the education center.
The completion of Studio A will:
- Streamline production. NCTV will have the ability to air live, high-quality programming right from the studio.
- Allow NCTV to connect visiting journalists, academics, and media professionals seamlessly with national and international networks for live interview segments.
- Give NCTV members the opportunity to create their own shows in a professional studio.
- Allow NCTV to expand its current education center, update equipment and software, and create smaller studio spaces to accommodate member projects, specialized training, and individual production work.
Tickets are $25 to attend either virtually or in person.
Please join NCTV for the return of this cherished event and help NCTV continue its mission to serve the Nantucket community.
THE FUTURE OF FILM IS DIVERSITY.
LUNA Bar (founding corporate sponsor of LUNAFEST® ) has always believed in the power of women. From the beginning, [LUNA] knew women had a role to play in shaping the future of the film industry so, in 2000, LUNAFEST was born. LUNAFEST was the first all-women traveling film festival to hit the screens and amplify the voices of strong women everywhere. The first event was a small but hopeful screening in California. Today, there are screenings in more than 175 cities across the nation where the work of talented women filmmakers is showcased.
This season’s program of eight curated films is designed to compel discussion while also bringing laughter and some tears. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for, and about women. LUNAFEST features filmmakers from around the world telling a variety of stories. LUNAFEST is recommended for those 16 and older due to mature content.
The power of storytelling, as long as it’s based on truth, can change global views. Films are proven to impact change by awareness and influence. All of the arts are celebrated in film making from concept theory, writing, drawing, imagery, animation, filming, and editing.