About Us

Gary Weimberg, Catherine Ryan, documentary film makers

Luna Productions

is the documentary production partnership of Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg.  We are 6-time Emmy Award nominees, 2-time Emmy Award winners.  We have been personal and professional partners since 1980. 

Gary Weimberg, Shaquille O'Neal, on the set of "The Story of Fathers and Sons"

Shaq and Gary

Our style …

Diversity and clarity,
enjoyment and engagement,
in pursuit of justice and delight.

Our films …

have won over 80 “best doc / best film / Audience choice” awards at film festivals around the world; have been nominated for Emmy Awards; have helped to free political prisoners; have been an acknowledged “most important media” contributor to ending the civil war in El Salvador; are currently in use in schools, colleges, universities, churches and community groups; and have been broadcast and seen by millions of people around the world.

What we like to do:

Gary Weimberg, Catherine Ryan, Laura Linney, Mill Valley Film Festival

Laura Linney and us

To make a difference.
To collaborate.
To surpass expectations.
To promote critical thinking thru storytelling.
To make media that brings laughter and tears.
To reflect the diversity of the human experience.
To take a viewer on a journey.
To share evidence-based good news.


Our documentaries

explore universal human truths – the simple things that are profoundly true, the controversial subjects that are too important to ignore, the emotional life journeys that move and inspire us and our audiences.  Our goal?  To make media that reveals the potential for solutions; to tell stories that include us all.

In Hillsborough

For a while, we specialized in making historical programs and documentary portraits of ordinary people with extraordinary lives.

During another period, we worked on big budget features, as sound editors, including films like Return of the Jedi and Godfather III.

In South Central LA

At times, our work has been for prime-time network television.  

At other times, our work has been making media that supports non-profit organizations – videos and web shorts for fund-raising, education, policy initiatives, awards events, and outreach.  Over a period of less than 4 years, more than $27 million was raised for worthy causes by organizations using our media.

We have also focused on multi-media for the internet; TikToks, vertical videos, YouTubes, Zoom events with media, all sorts of social media and gifs and podcasts, including (for example) over 200 short videos on excellence in education for teachers grades K-12, funded by the Gates Foundation for Teaching Channel.

Our clients

Gary Weimberg and crew, saving rain forests in the Amazon

In the Amazon

and broadcast partners include ABC, NBC, The WB Network, Fox, HBO, Cinemax, PBS,ITVS, Frontline, Travel Channel, Outdoor Life Network, American Zoetrope, Skywalker Ranch, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Mastercard, Sears, California Newsreel, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Michael Jackson, Dennis Hopper, and others.

Catherine Ryan,

In New Mexico

Our non-profit clients

include the Council on Foundations,  The California Endowment,  San Francisco Foundation, Women’s Foundation of California,  Liberty Hill Foundation, Earth Justice,  Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles, Berkeley Public Schools Fund, Diversity in Philanthropy, Arte Press, Hispanic Civil Rights through Books, 1000 Voices Project, San Mateo County Historical Association, Bay Area Black United Fund,  Community Foundations of Southeast Michigan, Arts League of Michigan, Amazon Partnerships Foundation and others.

Luna de la Paz – company namesake and CCO

Our beloved standard poodle, our four legged friend, someone with better breeding and more intelligence than either of us.

“Her title?”  you ask, “What does CCO stand for?”

CCO – Chief Canine Officer
a top-level management position within Luna Productions.

Luna was a film star, a film worker, a published author, and our best, best friend.

She will never be forgotten.

July 12, 1994 – Oct 22, 2007

Rest in peace.  Rest in power.

Catherine Ryan wins Iditarod with all poodle team, lead by Luna

 

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