#Film&Friends Presents: Moonshot

February 15, 2017

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2439 18th St NW


For our next installment of #FilmandFriends, we are excited to welcome Director Matthew Lucas and Cinematographer Wesley Hunt to screen their short narrative film, Moonshot (22 mins).

Moonshot tells the story of Nova, a world-weary homeless woman who is given an opportunity to leave her violent life behind when a roguish mechanic devises a risky plan to send her to a colony on the Moon.

This locally-produced short film premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and his since screened at festivals in the US and Canada. It won the Canada Shorts Award for Best Sci-Fi Film, the Best Visual Effects Award at Vancouver Short Film Festival, three Gold TIVA Peer Awards for Best Fiction, Cinematography, and Production Design, and was a finalist for both the CINE Golden Eagle and the ASC Heritage Award.

Doors/drinks at 7 & Screening at 7:30.

After the screening, Lookout Member and DP Aiden Korotkin will host a Q&A about the film.


Matthew Lucas (Moonshot Director) is an award-winning independent filmmaker and playwright in Washington, DC.

Energized in equal measure by the theatrical character comedies of Christopher Durang and the immodest action movies of the 80s and 90s, his own work aims somewhere in between. His blithe genre short films have screened in festivals in the US and overseas, and he has won awards for his work as a director, screenwriter, and editor. He was a 2016 CINE Golden Eagle finalist, and a four-time Television, Internet and Video Association (TIVA) Peer Award winner.

He is co-author and composer of Sasquatch: The Musical, which appeared Off-Broadway in 2014 at the West Village Musical Theatre Festival.

He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA in Film from American University. He lives in the DC area where he works as a cinematographer and writer of interactive media.


Wesley Hunt (Moonshot Cinematographer) is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator in the Washington, DC Metro area. He also writes, shoots, and directs short surrealist horror films.

A native of Northern Virginia, Wesley has worked and studied film in places such as Venice, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. He holds an MFA in Film from American University in DC, along with a BS in Film & Video from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

He co-founded belowSuspicion with Gorcin Zec and their film sale grosso screened at the 2010 Venice Film Meeting. He was a 2014 and 2016 nominee for the American Society of Cinematographers’ Student Heritage Award.


Aiden Korotkin, Moderator

Originally from the Metro Detroit Area, Aiden Korotkin is a DC-based Director of Photography and award-winning Editor. Aiden moved to DC to pursue his career in film after graduating with a BA in Communications from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He has produced films for organizations such as TechnoServe, Bully Pulpit Interactive, NCAA, the National Geographic Channel, TNT, MTV, the AFL-CIO, and WETA/PBS. Aiden won a Gold Hermes Award for his documentary on the Vermont Healthcare system for AHRQ, as well as an Honorable Mention Hermes Award for his Calvary Women’s Services promotional video.

Aiden is also a proud member of The Lookout.


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