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All About Women: LUNAFEST Film Festival
Do you want to feel empowered and attend an event that embraces and showcases the diversity and talent of women? This up-coming Thursday, February 19, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, the traveling film festival, LUNAFEST, will be returning to the area for the fourth time and we want you to be there! As a fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa and the Breast Cancer Fund, the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction followed by the film screening at 7:00 p.m.
This year there will be eight short films by, for, and about women, ranging from animation to drama, and covering important topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. The films are recommended for ages 16 and older due to some nudity and content.
What awesome films will you get to see?
A Good Match by Lynn Elliot (13:00)
Exploring the relationship between Ann and her ex-boyfriend’s mother, Elliot writes in her description of the film on her personal website, “This relationship [between a girl and a boyfriend’s mom] often becomes a casualty of the romantic breakup, but I wondered what would happen if the ex-girlfriend and the mom tried to keep it going.”
Flor de Toloache by Jenny Schweitzer (4:00)
As one episode of a short video series, Flor de Toloache portrays New York City’s extraordinary subway musicians. As an all-female mariachi band, this group of women faces the daring challenge of defying gender social norms and taking on a traditional all-male role.
Miss Todd by Kristina Yee (12:53)
What do you do when you are told you can’t do something? Set in the year 1910, this short, animated musical, shows the passionate Miss Todd and her dreams of airplane flight. After constantly being told no, will she sit back and let others decide her fate for her? You’ll have to watch this award-winning film to find out.
Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/62889356
Tryouts by Susana Casares (14:00)
Being a teenage girl is tough. This short film follows Nayla, a Muslim-American girl who wants to join her high schools’ cheering squad. This film is about women empowering women, and one you won’t want to miss!
Want a preview? Check this out: https://vimeo.com/60133181
Chicas Day by Susan Bejar
Following a mother and daughter having a fun “girls day” where anything goes, the synopsis ends with “but don’t forget this is just a game…” so, be sure to come and see this one!
Lady Parts by Emily Fraser & Katherine Gorringe (6:05)
Tired of seeing single mothers and women in general being ripped off at auto-repair shops, one woman decides to opens her own shop designed specifically for women: Lady Parts Automotive. Talk about succeeding in a male-dominated industry!
Tits by Louisa Bertman (4:38)
This short film explores femininity and adulthood. A 2015 LUNAFEST winner, this piece uses a variety of different artistic influences to create its allure. (Note: this film includes nudity).
Viva by Amanda Bluglass (7:40)
A brief glimpse into the life of 82 year-old Viva Hamnell, viewers witness a fashion guru, lover of parties and a former Cornish punk rocker give advice on life. This short portrait is one you don’t want to miss!
So come out and support Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa as well as the Breast Cancer Fund, and see some awe-inspiring films while you’re at it! Thanks to our sponsors, Blend Card, Children’s Center for Therapy, FilmScene, Heartland Yoga, TRI-umph Training, and Yotopia, we are sure to have a great and fun-filled night!
Tickets are available at https://iowalunafest2015.eventbrite.com for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Students and Girls on the Run coaches can purchase tickets for $12. Admission includes desserts and appetizers. 85% of the proceeds from LUNAFEST provide scholarships so every girl can participate in the Girls on the Run Program regardless of her family’s ability to pay.
We can’t wait to see you all there!
by Olivia Kaiser, GOTR Spring 2015 Intern