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Jumpstarting a New Life on a Lunar Colony in ‘Moonshot’

Jumpstarting a New Life on a Lunar Colony in 'Moonshot'

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Moonshot: A Retro-Futuristic Comedy

Logline: A world-weary homeless woman is given an opportunity to leave her violent life behind when a cocksure mechanic devises a risky plan to send her to a colony on the Moon.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Moonshot” is a new film starring Luvia Petersen from SyFy’s “Continuum” as Nova, a homeless 80’s relic whose violent life on the streets has hardened her into a lethal physical asset. But survival is a full-time job and she’s had enough of it. When she meets Alan, an engineer working for a lunar launch company, the two hatch a risky plan to get her off to the Moon before her cutthroat past can catch up with her. Channelling the neon environments and larger-than-life characters of sci-fi films of yesteryear, the short is set in an 80s-influenced near-future megacity.

Production Team:
Writer/Director Matthew Lucas based this film off of his award-winning feature screenplay, “Stargazer.” His other films “Díra” and “Trials of a Scientific Mind” have had reasonable local festival runs. He works as a freelance AC and screenwriter in the DC area.

Producer Sonya Dunn is the owner of JEMH Entertainment, a DC-based production company that has several interactive and transmedia projects in development: feature length films, novels, graphic novels, websites, plays, musicals, and scripted and unscripted programming. Her film “The Bedroom” served as her directorial debut, which was selected and screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Director of Photography Wesley Hunt works as a freelance cinematographer and camera operator in the Washington, DC Metro area. He was a nominee for the 2014 ASC Linwood Dunn Heritage Award, an annual competition in which four emerging cinematographers are nominated by a jury of ASC members.

About the Film:
This project began about a year ago as an adaptation of a feature script I’d written. It has since become a work almost entirely separate from that larger story, a more concise adventure built for modern but nostalgic audiences. I didn’t want to go the way of many sci-fi shorts: relying on flashy visuals and relegating story to a secondary concern. These are strong characters, as colorful as the futuristic world they inhabit. Working with the Museum of Science Fiction and with Luvia Petersen has taken my vision to a higher level and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Current Status: We’re fundraising and in pre-production. Set to shoot in early November for release in early 2016.

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