On Thursday, November 11, the Buffalo LUNA Chix run team (about team) will be setting aside their running shoes for the evening and gathering women in the community at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for the 10th annual LUNAFEST Film Festival.
LUNAFEST, which began in 2000 with a single event, is now a national touring festival that features short films directed by women that bring to light the issues affecting women every day. The festival promotes female filmmakers and seeks to spark conversation amongst women about the issues that these films present.
This year’s festival will feature ten films, varying from animated shorts to true life stories. Some are funny, some are heart-wrenching. All will focus on the lives of women. These are the films that will be featured at this year’s LUNAFEST:
1. “The Translator” –A film about a foreign film translator who discovers her story on the subway. Directed by Sonya Di Rienzo.
2. “Getting a Grip” –A true-life story about Fannie Barnes, the first female cable car operator. Directed by Rosa Maria Ruvalcaba.
3. “Touch” –A film about two women who create an unusual bond while they wait for their train. Directed by Jen McGowan.
4. “Tightly Knit” –A group of social knitters build connections over some needles and yarn. Directed by Jenni Nelson.
5. “Top Spin” –The story of a young table tennis champion who strives to become one of the world’s top competitors. Directed by Sara Newans and Mina T. Son.
6. “Thembi’s Diary” –A film about 19 year-old Thembi, who records an audio diary of her life as she fights AIDS. Directed by Jisoo Kim.
7. “Mother of Many” –A film about the impact of a midwife in life’s ultimate journey. Directed by Emma Lazenby.
8. “Irene” –The story of Irene, a 92 year-old woman who fights to maintain her independence as she battles with Alzheimer’s. Directed by Lindsay Goodall.
9. “Miracle Lady” –A film about two elderly women who spend their life in waiting. Directed by Moran Somer and Michal Abulafia.
10. “Love on the Line” –A story of lovers who convey their lustful whims through telegraphs. Directed by G. Melissa Graziano.
A reception will
begin at 6 p.m. and the films will start at 7 p.m. The reception will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres and
chocolate from Choco-Logo and Quincy Cellars. Tickets will be $20 and are available at LUNAFEST.org and
Brown Paper Tickets.
proceeds from Buffalo’s LUNAFEST will go toward the Breast Cancer Fund.
LUNAFEST is completely funded by LUNA and 100 percent of all film festival
proceeds go to charities. To date, LUNAFEST has raised over $570,000 for
various women’s organizations.
Contemporary Arts Center is located at 341 Delaware Avenue.
information about LUNAFEST 2010, visit the website.