LunaFest Brings Women's Films to CMU
Central Methodist University is hosting the LunaFest Film Festival during the week of March 18-23. The Festival presents a series of nine short films by and about women.
The entire set of films will be presented twice for both the public and the CMU student body-- March 21 at 7 p.m. (Stedman Hall, room 200) and March 23 at 1:30 p.m. (Student and Community Center, fourth floor). Some content may not be suitable for younger viewers.
Currently in its 11th annual national tour, LunaFest promotes awareness about women's issues, highlights women filmmakers, and brings women together in their communities. It also brings up many issues of interest to men who love and respect women.
Individual films will be used by CMU faculty in their classes during the week. The money raised by ticket sales to the open showings will support breast cancer research and the Howard County Headstart.
Admission on Thursday night (March 21) to the films is $10 or supplies for the Howard County Headstart (hand sanitizer, baby wipes, paper towels, etc.). Although it is primarily for CMU students and faculty, this showing is also open to the public. All nine films will be shown for a total running time of approximately 80 minutes.
Everyone is invited to the second showing on Saturday afternoon (March 23). The cost is $10. Again, all films will be shown. Proceeds from this showing will go both to Howard County Headstart and to breast cancer research.
The presentation of these shows is underwritten by the CMU Student Government Association and includes a substantial gift for breast cancer research.
Blank Canvas by Sarah Berkovich tells the story of a cancer patient who decides to use her baldness as a means for self-expression.
Flawed by Andrea Dorfman is an animated story that contemplates what makes a woman beautiful in her own eyes.
In Lunch Date by Sasha Collington a 14-year-old boy tries to break up with a girl as a favor to her boyfriend. It isn't as easy as he expects.
The LunaFest Film Festival proudly presents the first showing of the Japanese film Bathhouse by Jisoo Kim. Another animated film, it shows that women from a dirty modern city find much more than clean water in the bathhouse.
When I Grow Up by Sharon Arteaga portrays a mother and daughter who are reduced to selling tacos before school every day. One day they find hope as well as hurt driving past the refineries in Corpus Christi.
Chalk by Martina Amati profiles a gymnast at the National training camp as she makes surprising discoveries about bodies, boys, and friendship.
Georgena Terry by Amanda Zackem is a documentary about the woman who revolutionized the biking business by building a frame specific to a woman's body.
Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works is by Rebecca Dreyfus. It is a soulful and slightly eccentric film portrait of one of the greatest living photographers, Sylvia Plachy.
Whakatiki--a Spirit Rising by Louise Leitch is the story of Kiri, an overweight Maori woman, who returns to a special childhood river area where her spiritual connections with the river lead her to reconnect with her true self.
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