Awards

Luna Productions awards include:

  • 5 Emmy Award nominations, 2 Emmy Awards won.
  • Short listed for a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
  • Director’s Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Documentary Directing

Our films have been broadcast and seen by millions of people, have screened in film festivals around the world, have received literally dozens of “Best Documentary” Awards, including a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the Christopher Award, the Edward R Murrow Award.

Even more notably, our films have had real effects in the world.  These include: significantly contributing to Presidential Clemency and release from prison of 12 political prisoners who had served over 19 years in jail; serving a key media role in ending the US funding of the civil war in El Salvador which resulted in the end of that war;  and during the period of 2004-2014 our series of media programs for non-profit organizations have helped to raise over $22 million for worthy causes.

Awards

Best Film in 30 years
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, 30th Anniversary selection of 5 best films from 1988-2017
The Story of Mothers & Daughters was one of the 5 chosen.

Director’s Guild of America Nomination:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
for The Double Life of Ernesto Gómez Gómez, 1999

National News & Documentary Emmy Award Nominee
Outstanding Individual Achievement, Editing
for  Soldiers of Conscience, 2007

National News & Documentary Emmy Award Winner
Outstanding Individual Achievement, Editing
for  Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob, 1995

National Primetime Emmy Award Winner
Outstanding Individual Achievement, Editing
for Earth and the American Dream, 1993

Academy Award Nomination
Short Documentary Subject,
Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers, 1991

Academy Award Nomination
Feature Length Documentary,
SuperChief:  The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren, 1989

Short-listed for Academy Award Nomination
Feature Length Documentary,
Maria’s Story, 1990

Two Emmy Award Nominations
Outstanding Achievement:  Documentary
Outstanding Achievement:  Writer
The Heiress and Her Chateau, 2015

My Love Affair of the Brain:  The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond has also received:

  • Best in Festival – Audience Award     RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
    140 films screened, 1500 films submitted, 16,000 voting audience … and one ‘Best in Festival’
  • Best Feature Film in Festival – American Psychological Association film festival
  • Best Documentary – Indigo Moon film festival, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Audience Favorite Award – Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Best Documentary – High Falls Film Festival, NY
  • WORLD PREMIERE – CLOSING NIGHT -American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Feb., 14, 2016.

Soldiers of Conscience has also received:

  • Best Documentary, Rhode Island Film Festival, 2007
  • Best Film, Hamptons International film fest, Conflict and Resolution competition
  • Best Documentary, Foyle Film fest
  • Finalist, Best Documentary, Denver Film fest
  • Best Documentary, Salem film fest
  • and 15 other film festivals.

Three Women and a Chateau has also received:

  • Best Documentary, Rhode Island Film Festival
  • and an official selection for screenings at 11 other film festivals.

The Double Life of Ernesto Gómez Gómez has also received:

  • 1st place award-winner, Best Documentary, Big Muddy Film Festival, 1999
  • Documentary Competition Winner, Athens International Film & Video Festival
  • Winner, Best Documentary, San Antonio Cine Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best of Festival,  Image (Atlanta) Film & Video Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival, official selection
  • screened at Smithsonian Institute, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, American Museum of Natural History (NY)
  • and screened at 15 other festivals

Earth and the American Dream has also received:

  • Sundance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize for Superb Technical Achievement
  • Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Film Fest.
  • Best Nature/Environmental documentary, 1994 Cable Ace Awards
  • Best Documentary, Environmental Media Awards.

SuperChief:  The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren also received:

  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Emmy nomination
  • Golden Apple Award, National Educational Film Festival
  • Christopher Award
  • International Documentary Association Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award

And The Band Played On has received:

  • Emmy Award, Best Editing of a Mini-Series or Special
  • Best Editing, Commercial TV, American Cinema Editor’s “Eddie” Awards, 1994
  • Nominated for a Cable ACE Award, Best Edited Cable TV Movie.

Godfather III has received:

  • Golden Reel nomination, Sound Effects Editing, Motion Picture Society of Sound Editors

Why Don’t You Dance has received:

  • Best Narrative Film, Utah Film Fest.

The Road to Brown has received:

  • Best Black History Award, American Film and Video Fest
  • Outstanding 1990 Academic Non-print Materials, Choice’s Magazine

Ishi: The Last of His Tribe a screenplay, received:

  • 1st place Bay Guardian Script-writing Competition, 1988
  • Semi-finalist, Writer’s Guild of America East Fellowship Program, 1988

Maria’s Story has received:

  • Edward R Murrow Award, Best Social documentary
  • Best Documentary Award at San Antonio Film Festival, 1990
  • Silver Hugo Award at Chicago Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Award at Festival. of New Latin American Cinema, Havana, 1990
  • Honorable Mention, San Francisco Film Festival.
  • U.S Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 1990
  • Mill Valley Film FestiVal, 1990
  • Film Arts Festival, San Francisco, 1990
  • Rotterdam Festival, 1991
  • Leningrad Festival, 1991
The Story of Mothers and Daughters
  • Cine Golden Eagle
  • Silver Hugo, Chicago International Television Festival
  • Bronze Apple, National Educational Meida Network
  • Clarion Award, Association for Women in Communication
  • Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • President’s Award (best of festival) nomination, Social Issues division, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Gala Screenings at the Women’s Museum of Washington, DC
  • highest ratings on ABC program for Monday night of the year of it’s premiere
  • rebroadcasts on ABC and then later, on PBS as a Pledge Special
The Story of Fathers and Sons
  • Cine Golden Eagle
  • rebroadcasts on ABC and then later, on PBS as a Pledge Special

Dear America:  Letters Home from Vietnam has received:

  • Two National Emmy Awards:  Outstanding Informational Special,   Best Writing
  • 1989 Peabody Award
  • Best Documentary, San Francisco Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention, U.S. Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, the first documentary ever to be so elected
  • Best Documentary Special at ACE Awards
  • Nomination, Best Documentary Editing at Cable ACE Awards
  • Program-of-the-Year 87-88, Television Critics Association
  • included, TV Guide list “100 Best Moments on Television”

Chicano Park has received:

  • Gold Award, Houston Film Festival
  • Best Northern California Film, National Education Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention, San Francisco Film Festival
  • CINE Golden Eagle

Celebrating the 7th was included in:

  • Best-of-the-festival television broadcast, 1986 Latin American Film Festival

Songs from a Distant Jungle has received:

  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
  • Silver Screen award, US Industrial Film Festival
  • Best of Show, San Francisco Advertising Club Showcase Competition
  • Silver “Cindy” from IFPA
  • Best in Category and Bronze “Anvil ” Trophy, America Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention at San Francisco International Film Festival

In the Name of Democracy has received:

  • Best of the Festival at Philadelphia International Film Festival
  • Red Ribbon at American Film Festival
  • included in the Best of the Global Village Festival Exhibition

$20.01: A Chinese Food Odyssey has received:

  • 1st place at Nevada City Film Festival
  • 1st place at Carlsbad Film Festival
  • screenings at Telluride Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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