2013 FestivalDate: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: Reception 6:30 p.m., Films 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main Street, Moscow
Tickets: on sale starting March 4 at the Women's Center and BookPeople of Moscow
Cost: Students: $3 (films only), $10 (reception and films)
General Admission: $8 (films only), $15 (reception and films)
This year's LUNAFEST featured a pre-show reception at 6:30 pm with hors d'oeuvres, and bar by Camas Prairie Winery. A raffle was held during the intermission featuring fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets were $10/15 for the pre-show reception and films (included complimentary appetizers, one beverage, and a free raffle ticket); $3/8 for the films only (start time: 7:30 pm).
LUNAFEST is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund and the U of I Women's Center. For more information about this year's event, please visit http://www.uidaho.edu/
The FilmsBlank Canvas
When Kim received a devastating diagnosis for uterine cancer, her world turned upside down. Through her treatment, she has struggled to cope with her changing body image in positive ways. Taking an unconventional route, Kim decides to turn her baldness into a blank canvass for self-expression, and in doing so creates a powerful statement that allows her to share her experience with others.
Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival
San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival
When a gymnast is selected for the National training camp, she discovers something new about bodies, boys and friendship.
Nominated Best Short Film BAFTA 2012
Winner Best British Short Film BIFA 2011
Winner Best Live Action NY International Children FF 2011
Winner Best Short Film Mo&Friese Hamburg Short Film Festival, 2011
Winner Best Drama Corto in Bra IFF, Turin, Italy 2011
Winner Best Editing In the Palace Film Festival, Hungary 2011
Winner Best Short Film I’ve Seen Film International Film Festival, Milan, Italy 2011
Artist Dorfman's drawings burst colorfully into life as she animates the story of her long-distance relationship with a man whose profession—plastic surgery—gives her plenty of fodder for thought about what makes a person beautiful. Flawed is less about whether girl can get along with boy than whether girl can accept herself, imperfections and all. Animated in time lapse, as an homage to the time-honored tradition of storyboarding, the plot of Flawed, unfolds like a storybook, one watercolor painting at a time.
NYC Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
Palm Springs Short Film Festival - Honorable Mention
San Diego Jewish Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
Georgena Terry, founder of Terry bicycles, revolutionized the women’s biking industry by creating a bike frame specific to a woman’s body. This is the story of how she got her start and the challenges within the women’s biking movement.
Bicycle Film Festival, June 2012
2011 was supposed to be Annabel’s year. So why is she here, sitting in a restaurant, being told by a fourteen-year-old that her boyfriend, Thomas, doesn’t want to see her anymore. The small messenger is Wilbur. He has agreed to break the news as payment for borrowing Thomas’s tent. But dispensing with Annabel proves a bigger challenge than Wilbur had anticipated.
SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION AWARD: Aspen Shortsfest 2012
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2012
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 2012
Palm Springs Shortfest 2012
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012
Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works
Richard Avedon wrote of fellow photographer Sylvia Plachy “She makes me laugh and she breaks my heart.” Ms. Plachy is perhaps best known for her weekly pictures in The Village Voice but her images have been widely exhibited both in the US and abroad and have appeared in numerous publications such as Aperture, Art Forum and The New York Times Magazine. Her impressive body of work spanning more than four decades is a testament to a unique artistic force in the contemporary world. Her most recent book “Goings on about Town” is compilation of photographs taken for THE NEW YORKER. Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works is a rare film portrait of Ms. Plachy who is ironically camera shy. With a delicate touch, filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus coaxes Ms. Plachy to open up about her work and process. The result is a soulful and slightly eccentric look into the private world of one of the greatest living photographers, a perfect reflection of Ms. Plachy herself. Legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles makes an on-camera appearance as Ms. Plachy’s subject as well as shooting segments of the film. Ms. Plachy’s son, the academy award winning actor, Adrien Brody (also a composer) has contributed a delightful original score.
Winner of Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
The Bathhouse is an animated short film by Korean filmmaker and artist, Jisoo Kim. The film takes the viewer on a luscious and poetic journey from the dark, polluted streets of the modern city, into the sanctuary of the Bathhouse. The women who venture into this place enter as strangers, weary from the toils of the city, but together they undergo an empowering physical and spiritual transformation in this luscious and fantastical paradise.
LUNAFEST is the first film festival to screen this film.
Whakatiki – A Spirit Rising
Kiri, an overweight Maori woman, takes a trip to the Whakatiki River where she spent many summers as a girl. With her goes her husband Dan, his friend Seb and beautiful newcomer, Josie. The place awakens powerful memories for Kiri, and as tensions mount she draws on her spiritual connection to the river to rise up and reconnect with her true self.
Winner of the Audience Award and Best Actress in a Short Film at Wairoa Maori and Indigenous Film Festival
Best Short Film at First Peoples Festival/ Présence autochtone Film & Video Showcase Montreal 2012
Tribeca Film Festival, New York (world premiere)
Nantucket Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
First Peoples Festival/Présence autochtone Film & Video Showcase Montreal
When I Grow Up
Letty dreams of not one, but several taco trucks, so she can stop working at the restaurant and better provide for herself and daughter. But Michaela hates helping mom sell tacos every morning before school. Driving past a wasteland of refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas, they both find hurt and hope during one of their morning routines.
Winner of the Audience Award: 2011 South by Southwest Reel Women Showcase
Winner of TAMI Award (Texas Archive of the Moving Image) at Cine Las Americas in Austin, Texas
National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference
MALI Women’s Film & Performance Arts Conference
Napa Valley International Film Festival
From the original creators:
"We created LUNAFEST to raise awareness about women's issues, highlight women filmmakers, bring women together in their communities, and raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund."
LUNAFEST is a national film festival that showcases original short films by, for, and about women.
LUNAFEST is a special evening where movie fans can gather to view a selection of diverse, unique, and limited distribution films by independent women filmmakers and screenwriters. The films range from documentaries, to animated shorts, to dance narratives, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, sexuality, spirituality, sports, relationships, cultural diversity, breaking cultural barriers, and the environment.
LUNAFEST is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund and the U of I Women's Center.
For more information about LunaFest, please visit the official film festival website.