The Stan and Mary Friedman Film Series

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The Friedman Film Collection

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    The success of Luna Productions is due to many people – friends and funders; colleagues and collaborators –  and we are grateful to all of them.  But at the very top  of the list of those who we are thankful for, are our favorite executive producers in the world … Stan and Mary Friedman.

This web page celebrates them, and commemorates decades of friendship and cinematic-collaboration.

We invite you to view the 4 documentaries we’ve made together – two made for broadcast (both subsequently nominated for Emmy Awards!), and the two short videos made in support of worth non-profit organizations that Stan and Mary (and we!) care a great deal about.

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Soldiers of Conscience

Their country asked them to kill.
Their hearts asked them to stop.
A portrait of eight US soldiers during the Iraq War,
facing the most difficult decision of their lives: to kill or not to kill.
PBS, 2008.  Emmy Nomination. Best Documentary awards at 5 film festivals.

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My Love Affair with the Brain:
The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

     Meet Dr. Diamond … and prepare to be smitten. Engaging, entertaining, passionate, and brilliant, Dr Diamond was deemed by the NYTImes as the 2nd most popular professor in the world. Learn about maximizing your own brain while following this amazing role model through her paradigm shattering breakthroughs that lead to what we now understand as modern neuroscience – based on her research and insights into plasticity in the brain, the unique properties of Einsteins brain, and her unprecedented youtube anatomy lecture series enjoyed by millions. PBS, 2018. Emmy Nomination. Best Documentary awards at 8 film festivals.

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Change is Possible:
A Summer with the CYDL
(Center for Youth Development thru Law)

     A short, moving documentary about just how much can happen in one summer, following sixteen at-risk youth, in one helluva great program called the Center for Youth Development through Law, a program that takes at-risk and disadvantaged high school youth and over a summer gives them a very intense law school- like experience, complete with classes, paid internships, and professional/psychological counseling. You see the difference it makes to them, on their faces and in their thoughts, and the result gives just about anyone an increased hope for the future.

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Closure and Compassion:
The Berkeley Public Schools Fund
and the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

     This pro bono short documentary video was produced for the Berkeley Public Schools Fund (BPSF) for their 2020 annual fundraiser event. The in-person fundraiser was cancelled and this video was an alternative, shared via link and on-line zoom event, with the goal of showing supporters and funders the amazing level of support by BPSF for parents, teachers, and students in the local public school system during those oh-so-scary initial months of the COVID pandemic – when the BPSF rose to the challenge of the brutal shock and desperate needs of the first 40 days of public school closure.

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…    and to conclude:
•     Lincoln Center, New York, New York
•     The 2018 News and Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony,  the “My Love Affair with the Brain” team,  Stan and Mary on the far right, to whom we say:  thank you thank you thank you dear friends!

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