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  • Nantucket Community Television (NCTV) announces the return of LUNAFEST® May 29, 2021

    Nantucket Community Television (NCTV) announces the return of
    LUNAFEST® May 29, 2021.

    Nantucket, MA – April 29, 2021
    Lights. Cameras. Advocacy.

    LUNAFEST, the national traveling film festival presented by nutrition bar company LUNA, showcases films by, for, and about women. The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket first brought Lunafest to the island in 2010. The festival is now a signature event of NCTV18, Nantucket’s Media Arts Center.

    LUNAFEST 2021 will be A UNIQUE 'hybrid' event held on Saturday, May 29, at 6:30 pm. Guests can attend virtually, screening films from home, or join the socially distanced in-person event hosted by the Dreamland Theater. Virtual and in-person attendees, along with the general public are encouraged to bid on the silent online auction that will help NCTV raise funds. Bidders will see Travel packages with 2-year extensions, art and jewelry from local artisans, limited edition signed movie and music collectibles, and sumptuous offerings from the island’s top restaurants are just a few of the items on offer. Bidding begins May 17 and will continue until May 31st at midnight and winners will be announced by phone call.

    Well-known island resident, actor, writer, and director John Shea is thrilled to be part of welcoming LUNAFEST back to Nantucket. John will co-host the event with Joyce Pedretti, Executive Vice President and Senior Creative Director at BBDO, a worldwide advertising agency. John is returning as a host of LUNAFEST, having a long history with this event during his involvement with the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Joyce has worked in the advertising world for over 20 years, directing and producing many commercials and infomercials with film producers worldwide.

    Funds raised support the LUNAFEST mission and the upcoming construction of "Studio A," NCTV's new broadcast studio and expanding the education center.

    The addition of Studio A and what this means for Nantucket:
    • Streamline production. NCTV will have the ability to air live, high-quality programming right from the studio.
    • Allow NCTV to connect visiting journalists, academics, and media professionals seamlessly with national and international networks for live interview segments.
    • Give NCTV members the opportunity to create their own shows in a professional studio.
    • Allow NCTV to expand its current education center, update equipment and software, and create smaller studio spaces to accommodate member projects, specialized training, and individual production work.

    Tickets are $25 to attend either virtually or in person. Tickets to the Virtual event are available now at nctv18.org. tickets to the in-person event will go on sale at nantucketdreamland.org in early May.

    Please join NCTV for the return of this cherished event and help NCTV continue their mission to serve
    the Nantucket community.


    LUNA Bar (founding corporate sponsor of LUNAFEST® ) has always believed in the power of women. From the beginning, [LUNA] knew women had a role to play in shaping the future of the film industry so, in 2000, LUNAFEST was born. LUNAFEST was the first all-women traveling film festival to hit the screens and amplify the voices of strong women everywhere. The first event was a small but hopeful screening in California. Today, there are screenings in more than 175 cities across the nation where the work of talented women filmmakers is showcased.

    This season's program of eight curated films is designed to compel discussion while also bringing laughter and some tears. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for, and about women. LUNAFEST features filmmakers from around the world telling a variety of stories. LUNAFEST is recommended for those 16 and older due to mature content.

    The power of storytelling, as long as it's based on truth, can change global views. Films are proven to impact change by awareness and influence. All of the arts are celebrated in film making from concept theory, writing, drawing, imagery, animation, filming, and editing.

    Nantucket Community Television (NCTV) is a vital resource for all Nantucket residents and visitors. The station is a unique resource: it serves critical information needs on the Island, sharing local government meetings and emergency broadcasts with viewers on local TV channel 18 as well as via its digital channels. NCTV produces original programming focused on topics important to the Nantucket community from history to health, and community issues to preserving “fire-side stories” for future generations. NCTV serves as a crucial media partner to many of the island's non-profits, as well as the Town of Nantucket and the Nantucket Public Schools.

    NCTV is also known as the island’s media arts education center. It offers year-round education classes and workshops for adult and youth students interested in building a foundational and practical knowledge of multimedia and communication techniques.

    NCTV’s mission is to inspire the Nantucket community to explore ideas, share information, and highlight the island’s people, stories, and culture through local television and online programming.

    As a community, public access PEG (public, education, and government) station NCTV operates as a non-profit 501(c)3.

    Contact: Co-Chairs
    Lisa Getter, Executive Director. lisa@nctv18.org
    Arlene O’Reilly, arlene@nctv18.org


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