Luminaries

Documentary about the Luminaries of Pantheism mural in Venice Beach, California, painted by Los Angeles muralist Levi Ponce. Everything is connected. Everything is divine. We’re all one.

  • Ed Moy
    Director
    Aviatrix: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story, Up in the Clouds
  • Ed Moy
    Producer
  • Levi Ponce
    Key Cast
  • Nika Avila
    Key Cast
  • Perry Rod
    Key Cast
  • Peter Moriarty
    Key Cast
  • Chuck Beebe
    Key Cast
  • Marty Rod
    Music
  • Derek Ting
    Drone Videography
  • Joyce Yung
    Drone Videography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Art, Mural Painting, Venice Beach
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Marina del Rey Film Festival
    Marina del Rey, CA
    United States
    October 7, 2017
    World Premiere
    Audience Award for Documentary
  • Culver City Film Festival
    Culver City, CA
    United States
    December 10, 2017
    Best Documentary About L.A. Award
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, FL
    United States
    Official Selection Monthly Competition
  • Oceanside International Film Festival
    Oceanside, CA
    United States
    August 3, 2018
    San Diego County Premiere
  • Burbank International Film Festival
    Burbank, CA
    United States
    September 9, 2018
Distribution Information
  • Amazon Video
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Ed Moy

Ed Moy is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker.

His documentary short film "Aviatrix: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story" received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Historical Significance (2017), won Best Documentary in the Asia Web Awards (2017), took home the Audience Award for Short at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival (2016), and garnered a Most Inspirational Short Award at the Culver City Film Festival (2016).

His animated short film "Up in the Clouds" also received a Best Short Animation Award from Asians on Film Festival (Summer 2015).

His short film "Luminaries" recently received the Audience Award for Documentary at the Marina del Rey Film Festival (2017) and won Best Documentary about L.A. Award at the Culver City Film Festival (2017).

As a journalist, he was recipient of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Print Media Award for Excellence in Journalism for his series of articles about their Team in Training Programs.

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Director Statement

"Luminaries" came about after I met with Paradise Project founder Perry Rod in the fall of 2016.

I had seen the “Luminaries of Pantheism” mural on the wall of his building in Venice Beach, California, but did not know the story behind its conception.

As it turns out, the mural was created as a means to showcase "luminaries" who shared a common philosophical belief known as "pantheism" which adheres to the principals that "Everything is Connected" and "Everything is Divine." It is a philosophy that posits the belief that "We're All One" with nature and the universe.

Located at the end of South Venice Boulevard where it meets Venice Beach, the mural spans the entire length of a large building, which serves as the headquarters of the philosophical organization, The Paradise Project.

Facing the famous Venice Boardwalk, it is visible to more than a million visitors from around the world each year. The painting nearly always has a camera-ready crowd gathered in front of it, with #luminariesofpantheism tagged photos appearing frequently on social media sites. The site is also recognized by Google Maps as a Public Art tourist destination.

“Luminaries of Pantheism” features 16 famous philosophers, scientists and poets, including Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Rumi, Lao Tzi, Henry David Thoreau and Friedrich Nietzsche, who believe that "Everything is connected, and everything is divine.”

The mural was originally conceived by Paradise Project founder Perry Rod. A contest was subsequently held to choose the winning design, which was created by local artist Peter Moriarty.

Finally, the mural was painted over a two-month period in early 2015 by renown Los Angeles muralist, Levi Ponce.

Each of these contributors have prominent roles in the documentary film, along with Paradise Project board members Nika Avila and Chuck Beebe.

Covering both the making of the mural and some of the story behind its famous “luminaries,” the documentary has been a hit with festival-goers and programmers.

I look forward to sharing the film with festival audiences.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards,
Ed Moy
"Luminaries" director/producer