SAN FRANCISCO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--LUNAFEST®, a national fundraising film festival that showcases short films by, for, and about women, announces nine unique films for this year’s program, which premieres in San Francisco on October 10th at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. University of Southern California’s, Annenberg professor, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, who is known for her original research on the underrepresentation of women in film production, is this year’s honorary guest, and will commence the festival season. She will be joined by nine inspiring female filmmakers from around the world, including Bay Area resident, and Stanford University MFA candidate, Alexandra Liveris.
“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 touched the lives of so many people that I care about.”
This year’s program includes award-winning films that highlight many of the ups and downs that women face. These films, coupled with efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention, will showcase the rollercoaster of events that women often face. This season of LUNAFEST will help viewers connect and reflect on life’s celebrations and circumstances from a woman’s point of view.
“LUNAFEST provides a rare opportunity for these extremely talented female filmmakers to share many of the often overlooked stories and experiences from a woman’s unique perspective. Because of the underrepresentation of women in the production industry, it is easy for the female perspective to get lost. These films remind us that as women, despite life’s ebbs and flows, we must empower one another and stand together to create a strong and supportive community,” said Dr. Smith. “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 touched the lives of so many people that I care about.”
This season, from October to June, LUNAFEST will travel to more than 190 venues throughout the country, in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Each screening raises funds and awareness for LUNA’s primary cause partner, the Breast Cancer Fund and local women’s nonprofit organizations. Eighty-five percent of the net profits go to the local nonprofit organizations, while the remaining 15 percent go to 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 $656,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and over $1.25 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:
Granny’s Got Game directed by Angela Gorsica (Raleigh, NC) – Seven fiercely competitive women in their seventies bond and play winning basketball, proving you are never too old to do what you love.
Flying Anne directed by Catherine van Campen (The Netherlands) – A young girl with Tourette’s syndrome takes “flight” to navigate life with her tics.
Sidewalk directed by Celia Bullwinkel (New York, New York) – A woman walks through life, confronts her changing body and learns to love herself.
First Match directed by Olivia Newman (Brooklyn, New York) – A determined female wrestler prepares for her first co-ed high school match.
Sound-Shadows directed by Julie Engaas (Oslo, Norway) – Enter a world where sound gives shape to space.
Running Dry directed by Dimitra Nikolopoulou (Athens, Greece) – A woman impacted by economic hardships journeys into contemporary Athens.
Maria of Many directed by Alexandra Liveris (Palo Alto, California) – Meet María—Mexican immigrant, domestic worker, committed mom and activist.
Date With Fate directed by Venetia Taylor (Sydney, Australia) – When it comes to blind dating, some things are meant to be—whether you like it or not.
Tiny Miny Magic directed by Danielle Lurie, (New York, New York) – When Sam and her mailman exchange presents via her mailbox, an unexpected love connection blossoms.
For more information on LUNAFEST and upcoming screening locations, please visit, 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, and 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. (www.lunabar.com)