12th Annual LUNAFEST® Kicks Off Season with Jean Kilbourne

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National Touring Short Film Festival Premieres in San Francisco to Raise Funds and Awareness for Breast Cancer Prevention and Women’s Causes.

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LUNAFEST provides a platform for women to share our stories and experiences from our unique perspectives. This is especially important because the entertainment industry so often misrepresents and marginalizes women.

LUNAFEST®, a national fundraising film festival that showcases short films by, for, and about women, announces nine distinct films chosen for this year’s program, which premieres in San Francisco on September 27th at the Herbst Theater. Jean Kilbourne, internationally recognized author, filmmaker and for her work on the image of women in media and film, is this year’s honorary guest to launch the festival. From animation to documentary style, this year’s program covers a breadth of stories, including a pioneering woman, self-acceptance, body image, friendships, overcoming heartbreak and mother-daughter relationships.

“LUNAFEST provides a platform for women to share our stories and experiences from our unique perspectives. This is especially important because the entertainment industry so often misrepresents and marginalizes women,” said Jean Kilbourne. “I’m excited to be involved with LUNAFEST and raise money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization that focuses on the prevention of a disease that has personally touched me and several of my friends.”

LUNAFEST will travel to more than 150 venues throughout the country, including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Austin, from September to June. All net proceeds from each screening raises funds and awareness for women’s nonprofit organizations. Eighty-five percent of profits go to local nonprofit organizations, 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 more than $556,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and over $1 million for women’s organizations across the country, while raising hope and awareness for women’s issues. LUNAFEST is created and funded by LUNA®, the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®.

Following are the titles in this year’s program:

Georgena Terry directed by Amanda Zackem (Syracuse, NY)—How the founder of Terry Bicycles revolutionized cycling with bike frames designed for a women’s bodies.

Chalk directed by Martina Amati (London, England)—A gymnast selected for an elite training camp makes new discoveries about bodies, boys and friendship.

Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works directed by Rebecca Dreyfus (Brooklyn, NY) – A rare and soulful portrait of the ironically camera-shy Sylvia Plachy, a renowned contemporary photographer.

The Bathhouse directed by Jisoo Kim (Valencia, CA)—Escaping the streets of the modern city, a group of women are transformed by a bathhouse paradise.

When I Grow Up directed by Sharon Arteaga (Austin, TX)—A mother and daughter sell tacos and dream of a better life.

Flawed directed by Andrea Dorfman (Halifax, Canada) – An animated tale about accepting yourself, flaws and all.

Blank Canvas directed Sarah Berkovich (Stanford, CA)—Going through chemotherapy, a woman turns her baldness into a blank canvas for self-expression.

Whakatiki: A Spirit Rising directed by Louise Leitch (Wellington, New Zealand)—A day at the river awakens the spirit of a woman held captive by years of broken promises.

Lunch Date directed by Sasha Collington (Dorset, England)—Getting dumped hurts, especially for a woman whose boyfriend sends his fourteen-year-old brother to break the news.

For more information on LUNAFEST and upcoming screening locations, please visit, http://www.lunafest.org.

About LUNA®
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)


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