THE HEIRESS offers the ultimate insiders’ look at a perfectly restored Gilded Age Chateau, and the people who dreamed of life in such an architectural masterpiece, in California. Made by Luna Productions and the Emmy award-winning filmmakers Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, who received unprecedented access to the Chateau, filming took place for twenty days over 5 years. The research effort for the film was worldwide, gathering archival material including primary documents and drawings that have never before been seen publicly, all to bring to life the 98-year history of the 98-room chateau. This high quality documentary includes interviews with architects and historians, owners and former owners of the Chateau, crafts people who helped to rebuild and restore the home, as well as surviving relatives of Heiress Harriett Pullman Carolan. Footage of the Chateau allows viewers their own privileged journey through the rooms both grand and small, as well as the little known secret passageways of the Chateau. Most of all, this documentary is about the human beings behind this architectural masterpiece, beginning with Heiress Harriett Pullman Carolan whose grand passion created the largest house west of the Mississippi. Her inspiring vision has inspired owners ever since to save it over and over again from destruction, the sad fate of nearly all of the other grand homes from the Gilded Age. The Heiress and Her Chateau: Caolands of California offers a three dimensional window into the life of America’s ultra-rich, and, along the way, provides vivid testimony to the truth that money cannot guarantee your dreams will come true.
Resume/filmographies for Luna Productions principals Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg Luna Productions creates full-length documentaries for television broadcast, as well as short videos and digital media for nonprofit organizations. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg (Principals) have spent the last two decades making award-winning documentaries that have won Emmy Awards, been nominated for Oscars, and have been broadcast and exhibited around the world. Broadcast work includes award-winning documentaries for ABC, PBS, FOX, WB, and for clients such as AT&T, MasterCard, Sears, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, San Francisco MOMA, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lucasfilm, American Zoetrope, and others. (selected filmography at bottom) Work for non-profits includes documentaries for a wide range of foundations, advocacy groups, and community-based organizations. Since 2004, these projects have helped to raise over $2.3 million for our clients and their allies. Awards include two national primetime Emmy Awards and a Director’s Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Documentary Director. Two films edited by Gary were nominated for Academy Awards and one film produced by Catherine was short listed for an Academy Award nomination. Our films have been broadcast and seen at film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 “Best Documentary” awards. Our social justice documentaries have had a measurable and tangible effect on the world; The Double Life of Ernesto Gómez Gómez, PBS 1999, contributed directly to the presidential pardon and release of 12 Puerto Rican political prisoners who had already served 19 years in prison. Selected Filmography of Broadcast Documentaries Soldiers of Conscience, 2008 News & Documentary Emmy Nomination for Documentary Editing National PBS broadcast on the P.O.V. series on Oct 16, 2008 Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary – Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival Selection of over 20 film festivals and many other awards Three Women and a Chateau, 2006 Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary – Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival Ballets Russes, co-edited, co-written by Gary Weimberg, 2005 Teens, First documentary broadcast on WB TV Network, 2000 The Double Life of Ernesto Gómez-Gómez, POV 1999 Nominated for Outstanding Documentary Director (Gary Weimberg) by the Director's Guild of America The Story of Fathers & Sons, ABC Primetime broadcast, 1999 The Story of Mothers & Daughters, ABC Primetime broadcast, 1997 Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob, Episode One, Fox, 1995 National News & Documentary Emmy Award Winner Earth and the American Dream (HBO, 1992) National Documentary Emmy Award Maria's Story, PBS Broadcast, POV series 1991 Short-listed for Academy Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary Best Foreign Film, Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema Superchief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren (1991) (Editor) Academy Award nomination Memorial (1989) (Editor) Academy Award nomination