Director Biography – Sam Luna (MEMORIES OF GREEN)

Samuel Luna III was born in Anaheim, California. At a young age he gravitated toward music, starting out with the violin then transitioning into guitar. In Luna’s early teens his interest grew in films. Watching directors like Stanley Kurbrick, Dario Argento, and Brian Depalma. Luna’s interest was in dark-noir horror films. At age 27 he was given his first dslr and made his first music video. Luna continued to make more music videos for himself and other artists. Further developing his understanding of how images and sound work together. In the summer of 2020 he teamed up with his younger brother, Lucas to work on a script. They completed their film, “Memories of Green” in fall 2020 and continue to work together. Luna’s passion for pictures is as strong as anyone in the industry today, he hopes to pursue his career as a director and make feature films one day.

Director Statement

I made this film because I wanted to explore the Father and Son dynamic. Growing up my Father was strict. I longed for a deep connection but our relationship remained at a distance. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized this distance was very much learned by the relationship he had with his Father. Making “Memories of Green” provided me a space to dissect and delve into the idea of disconnection. I learned that disconnection is a choice and forgiveness is essential to humanity. “Memories of Green” is primal and circular in it’s narrative. I believe this cycle will continue until the end of time.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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