LUNAFEST shares stories from a woman’s distinctive perspective and on underrepresented issues that would have otherwise been untold
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) September 30, 2010
LUNAFEST®, a national fundraising film festival that showcases short films by, for and about women, celebrates its 10 year anniversary with 10 unique films by female directors from around the world. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. LUNAFEST is shown in more than 150 venues throughout the country, including San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles and Boston, from October to June. Each screening raises funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund and local women’s nonprofit organizations.
“LUNAFEST shares stories from a woman’s distinctive perspective and on underrepresented issues that would have otherwise been untold,” said Brooke Golden, LUNAFEST director. “The power of LUNAFEST comes from providing women a platform and the opportunity for communities to come together to raise money and awareness for women’s causes.”
All proceeds from LUNAFEST are donated to charity. Eighty-five percent of the profits go to local nonprofit organization, while the remaining 15 percent goes to LUNA’s primary cause partner, the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization dedicated to identifying and advocating for the elimination of environmental causes of the disease.
Since its inception in 2000, LUNAFEST has raised over $363,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and over $570,000 for women’s organizations across the country, while raising hope and awareness for women’s issues. LUNAFEST is created and funded by LUNA®, makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®.
Following are the titles in this year’s program:
The Translator directed by Sonya Di Rienzo (Toronto, Canada) – A foreign film translator finds her story on a subway line.
Getting A Grip directed by Rosa Maria Ruvalcaba (San Fernando, CA) – Meet Fannie Barnes who became the first woman cable car operator in January 1998 – at age 52.
Touch directed by Jen McGowan (Venice, CA) – Two women make an unusual connection while waiting for a train.
Tightly Knit directed by Jenni Nelson (Palo Alto, CA) – A new generation of yarn bombers and social knitters discover that the ties that bind are sometimes made of wool.
Top Spin directed by Sara Newens (New York, NY) & Mina T. Son (Los Angeles, CA) – With hard work and family sacrifice, a young table tennis champion works towards becoming one of the top players in the world.
Thembi’s Diary directed by Jisoo Kim (Valencia, CA) – Nineteen year old Thembi records an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS.
Mother of Many directed by Emma Lazenby (Bristol, UK) – The most dangerous journey sometimes needs a helping hand – a midwife.
Irene directed by Lindsay Goodall (Glasgow, UK) – Ninety-two year old Irene suffers from Alzheimer’s, but struggles to keep her independence.
Miracle Lady directed by Moran Somer & Michal Abulafia (Jerusalem, Israel) – A tale of two old women who spend their days waiting.
Love on the Line directed by G. Melissa Graziano (Los Angeles, CA) – Follow the dots and dashes when star-crossed lovers curb their raging hormones via the quickest form of communication available: the telegraph.
For more information on LUNAFEST and upcoming screening locations, please visit, http://www.lunafest.org.
LUNA®, nourishes women with delicious snacks made with entirely natural, organic ingredients and with the essential vitamins women need. LUNA connects, supports and celebrates women with programs such as LUNAFEST®, a national traveling fundraising festival of short films by...for...about women, and Team LUNA Chix, an all women’s sport group inspiring women to learn new sports and be active. LUNA proudly donates one percent of its sales to a variety of women’s nonprofits and the Breast Cancer Fund through the Clif Bar Family Foundation. (http://www.lunabar.com).