Film festival by, for, and about women

September 17, 2008 4:56:07 PM PDT
It's a perfect girls night out -- a popular film festival for women, by women, about women, and it all goes to a good cause.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through ten short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers.

This year's event will be hosted by Discovery Channel's Sara Snow, green living expert, and include a preview of an online celebrity auction including items from Ugly Betty's America Ferrera, Senator Barbara Boxer and Bay-Area native Christy Turlington.

All proceeds from the LUNAFEST premiere will go to the Breast Cancer Fund. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is sponsored by LUNA, the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised over $200,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and over $300,000 for other women's nonprofits.

WHEN:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
6:00 - 7:30 LUNA Reception
7:30 - 9:30 Showing of LUNAFEST Films and Q&A with filmmakers

WHERE:
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA

TICKETS:
$50.00 - VIP Reception and Films ($75 at the door)
$20.00 - General admission
$10.00 - Student
www.breastcancerfund.org/lunafest8

LUNAFEST Website: www.lunafest.org

Films featured on our show:

BIG GIRL: (16:00) Playfully competing with Mom's new boyfriend, nine-year-old Josephine learns that letting people in can lead to wonderful things. Director: Renuka Jeyapalan, Toronto, Canada Screenings: San Francisco International Film Festival; Taipei Film Festival-Taiwan; Tribeca Film Festival--NY; Vancouver International Film Festival

GRAPPLING GIRLS: (12:30) Ladies are making their way into one of the world's oldest sports -- and even taking on the guys. Director: Lisa Blackstone, Minneapolis, MN Screenings: World Premiere

THE LADIES: (12:00) Sisters Vali and Mimi reflect on their craft, the importance of family and their creative spirits. Director: Christina Alexandra Voros, Brooklyn, NY Screenings: Chicago International Film Festival; Gen Art Film Festival -- Chicago); Seattle International Film Festival; Slamdance Film Festival-UT; South by Southwest, Student Academy Award Nominee; Woodstock Film Festival-NY

KUNA NI NANANG (MY MOTHER SAID): (5:00) Elena Bautista reflects on her 100 years of life. Director: Jessica Sison, San Francisco, CA Screenings: Athens International Film & Video Festival-- OH; The Inigo Film Festival - Sydney, Australia; Tribeca Film Festival-- NY; Women in Film Festival - Vancouver, BC

Featured guest:
Brooke Golden
Program director for LUNAFEST


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