Lunamar Productions takes its name from the Spanish words for moon & sea - mystical forces of nature.
Photos by Erik rynearson
Our purpose is to create work that captures both the beauty and harshness of the human experience by telling stories inspired by the noble, the humble, and the courageous.
Our goal is to present stories that would not otherwise be seen in the mainstream. We pledge to approach story-telling with passion, honesty, and gratitude.
Who We Are
Janine Salinas Schoenberg received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s Dramatic Writing Program. As a playwright she has had works developed and/or produced at: Atwater Village Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Center Theatre Group, and South Coast Repertory. She has been nominated for the Princess Grace Award, the Wendy Wasserstein Prize, and was a Quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Project Involve Fellowship through Film Independent. Janine was a participant in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women where she was awarded the 2014 Nancy Malone Award in directing for her short film, Jenny & Lalo. She also participated in the 2014 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive, and the 2015 National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Writers Program. She is currently one of eight writers in the Disney | ABC Writing Program.
Christine Marie Mantilla is an actor and producer living in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Christine's recent film appearances include the comedy "Nomophobia" and "Jenny & Lalo", a drama produced through the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She was awarded the HRIFF Emerging Actor Spotlight for her role in the film "Dulce". Theatre performances include the world premieres of The Anatomy of Gazellas and Soledad by Janine Salinas Schoenberg, Demeter in the City by Sara Ruhl, and Suzan Lori Park's 365 Plays/365 Days. Christine dedicated several years to working as a teaching artist in various under-served neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She is currently a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Music & Art School (LAMusArt), which has provided access to low- or no-cost arts education in East LA since 1945.
Los Angeles, CA
Star-crossed lovers try to escape for a better life, only to find betrayal where they least expect it.
Hollyshorts Film Festival (World Premiere, Los Angeles)
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
Urbanworld Film Festival (East Coast Premiere, New York)
Entijuanarte Festival Cultural (Mexico Premiere)
Raindance Film Festival (London Premiere)
LA Femme Film Festival
Short Film Corner - Cannes Film Festival
Film Market - Palm Springs International Shortfest
Nancy Malone Directing Award: Janine Salinas Schoenberg
Storyline: Jenny is a young woman growing up in East LA. When she realizes that she is pregnant, her boyfriend Lalo devises a plan for them to leave Los Angeles and travel north. But there’s one big problem, they belong to rival gangs.
Status: Completed - AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase April 2014.
LA Femme Film Festival (World Premiere, Los Angeles)
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
Boston Latino International Film Festival (East Coast Premiere)
HRIFF 2012 Emerging Actor Spotlight: Christine Marie Mantilla
Storyline: When Dulce is released from prison, she returns to Echo Park in search of a new beginning. Clean and sober for the first time, she must mend her relationship with her sister in hopes of regaining custody of her daughter Lola.
Status: Completed – October 2012 festival premiere.
Ana, an awkward teen growing up in East LA, attends a ritzy magnet school where she plays in the band and belongs to the comic book club. Struggling to fit in, she dreams of becoming a real-life superhero.
Status: In Development
* 2015 NHMC TV Writers Program
* 2014 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive
For many gang members, tattoos are a symbolic ritual. They are the markings of home, family, and turf. But what happens when you decide to leave that life behind? How do the very symbols that once defined who you were, stand in the way of who you want to become? Street Marks will follow a select group of women and document their individual tattoo removal experiences at Homeboy Industries. (www.homeboyind.org)
Status: In Development