Tickets: General Admission
Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.
Proceeds from this event will benefit The Next Step Domestic Violence Project of Hancock County.
*Please Note: Films are not formally rated, however, some content is not appropriate for children. We recommend that viewers be age 16+.*
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Another Kind Of Girl:
A 17-year-old girl meditates on how her refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.
Khaldiya, 18, is from Dara’a, Syria. She fled the civil war 3 years ago and now lives in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. This was her first time using a camera and making a film. She continues to make videos when she can, and would like to start initiatives in the camp that will help other girls express their stories – through media, a comedy troupe, and theater. She wants to use the power of storytelling to create change in her community, and hopes to pass on what she learns to younger girls in the camp.
Through love, loss, and determination, the definition of family is rewritten.
Patricia Beckmann Wells, EdD. is an independent animator, author, and tenured professor. She teaches animation, game/toy design, virtual reality production and emerging technologies at Irvine Valley College in Irvine California. Patricia worked on several movies as an animator for Warner Brothers Digital and other film companies. She was the Manager of Shorts Development at Film Roman, and while there three of her entries won the Playboy Animation Festival. This experience lead her to develop content for Oxygen Media, the Romp, and Playboy. Patricia was an executive in charge of training for Walt Disney Animation studios and Dreamworks SKG, assisting Dreamworks to build production studios in India. She has also authored several publications on 3D software and art. Most recently she published “Face It: A Visual Reference for Multi-Ethnic Modeling”, an art book on how to use forensic evidence provided by skulls from around the world to model ethnically accurate facial features using 3D software. She is currently developing for Virtual and Augmented reality, as well as creating more short films. Her dissertation developed a storytelling software that uses webgl, google analytics, and augmented reality. Patricia holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology and Leadership from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Cinema from the University of Southern California. She is currently on production for ‘Don’t Cry’, a collaboration with ‘Big D and the Kids Table’.
Free to Laugh:
A documentary that explores the power of comedy after prison.
Lara is a director, actress and writer championing women in comedy – both in front and behind the camera. Her directorial debut, “Me, You, A Bag & Bamboo”, was awarded Best Family Film at the Canada International Film Festival and won the Viewer’s Choice award at the Ovation Short Film Contest, which led to a televised screening of the film. Lara’s short films have played the film festival circuit, won awards and procured distribution through Shorts HD, Snag Films and Oprah.com. She loves directing comedy, partnering with companies like FunnyorDie, Comediva, Hello Giggles and College Humor. Web Series work includes “Love Handles” for FunnyorDie and a music-video web series called “The Queue” for PopularTV. She most recently directed a musical comedy pilot called “Patriettes” about a mock government summer camp for teenage girls. Lara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from Wesleyan University (CT) and is a graduate of Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
Join the Club:
A writer’s dilemma of whether or not to join a networking club unfolds during one therapy session.
Eva is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2000, she won Best Short at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals with Five Feet High an d Rising, a short she cast, edited and produced. She followed that up with the feature Raising Victo r Vargas, which she cowrote. Since then, she has been working on numerous projects, including Chrome and Paint, which she cowrote with Ice Cube. She was also one of four writers in Disney’s Writers Program. Most recently Vives wrote and directed her short film Join the Club, which was admitted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, among others. She was also a finalist for the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival’s Filmmaker to Watch Award. Vives is a proud Sundance Screenwriters, Directors and Skywalker Sound Labs fellow and is developing he r feature Nina, about a stand up comedian who has to deal with her past to move forward. She is also a proud Sundance Institute Academy Nicholl Honoree.
A story that looks at the bitter irony many nannies face: raising the children of strangers for a living while their own children are virtually left to raise themselves.
Diane Weipert has worked in film for over a decade. Her screenwriting debut premiered at the World Cinema Competition at Sundance in 2006 (Solo Dios Sabe—Diego Luna, Alica Braga). She has collaborated on feature film projects with Eddie Izzard, Michelle Rodriguez, and Peter Bratt, among others. Her award-winning radio piece, The Living Room, was named best story of 2015 by Wired and The Atlantic, and is being developed as a feature film. Weipert is a two-time resident of the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House, where she is in development on her feature, Boyle Heights. She came of age in Spain and Latin America and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
After a fight with her boyfriend in the street, a woman escapes into a hair salon in Brussels.
Frederike studied theater at AADA in New York, performing in several plays and short films before moving to Paris to study filmmaking. After graduating she moved to Brussels where she started working in film production. In 2013 she directed her first short film Malakim, which won the award for best fiction short in Shanghai. Frederike’s third short film, Nkosi Coiffure has screened at many festivals such as Tribeca, Valladolid and Flickerfest, so far winning three awards in Valladolid, Brussels and Washington. Frederike is currently writing her first feature film Binti, with funding from the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, as well as shooting a documentary, Si-G.
Professional and life partners must confront how intertwined their lives have become.
Joey Ally is an award-winning writer/director/actor from New York residing in Los Angeles. She is an alum of Amherst College, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2016, and received her film mentoring from Megan Griffiths and Lynn Shelton.
Joey’s films MINIMUM WAGE (wrote/directed – debut) and PARTNERS (directed/produced) have screened at Sundance, Palm Springs International Shortfest, Aspen ShortFest, LAFF, NBCUniversal ShortFest, BFI:Flare, Outfest and 40+ more. PARTNERS will premiere online through the new “Vimeo Premieres” platform on November 16th. Her “The LA Office” won video of the year 2015 at WME/IMG.
Joey loves crafting layered comedies of sliding darkness with non-traditional protagonists that make people laugh, cry, and think differently – she’s currently developing several projects, including her LGBT feature THE BRIDESMAN.
THE HONEYS AND THE BEARS:
Members of a synchronized swim team for seniors describe the freedom of the water.
Veena Rao is a director and producer based in Brooklyn. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide, have been featured on publications such as The Atlantic, and National Geographic, and have aired on the Documentary Channel and Current TV. She is an alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Film Fatales, and the New York Women in Film & Television Documentary Committee.
THE THIRD DAD:
Ten years after breaking all ties with her father, a daughter sets out to find his grave – and redemption.
Theresa Moerman Ib is a Scottish-based filmmaker and visual artist. Born in The Netherlands in 1977 to a Dutch father and a Danish mother, she grew up between England, Belgium and Denmark. She holds a BA in English from the University of Southern Denmark and a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography from the Glasgow School of Art. Theresa was selected for the Catlin Guide, received the Adam Bruce Thomson Award at the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries in 2013, was awarded an Artist Bursary from Creative Scotland and was shortlisted for the Magnum/Photo London Graduate Photographers Award. THE THIRD DAD is her first film, which premiered at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2015 and subsequently won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and the Best UK Short Award at London’s East End Film Festival.