When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Purchase Tickets Online or by phone at 505-982-2042
Tickets: $35 for Red Carpet Reception, silent auction, and films; $25, films only
13th Annual Touring Film Festival Coming to Santa Fe
LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, and About Women®
Benefits Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and the Breast Cancer Fund
LUNAFEST, the fundraising festival of short films dedicated to promoting awareness about women's and girl’s issues and highlighting women filmmakers, will be hosted by Girls Inc. of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe
University of Art and Design on Saturday evening, November 9th
The one-night-only screening showcases nine short films covering topics as varied as women’s health, cultural diversity, body image, aging, motherhood, and breaking barriers. The filmmakers are women from around the world, and the films include animation, documentary, and fictional drama. “Tiny Miny Magic” narrates a humorous series of gift exchanges between a young woman and her postal carrier; while “Date With Fate” gives a perspective on a midlife blind date; the mini-documentary “First Match,” follows 14-year-old Monique as she prepares for her first co-ed wrestling match; in “Maria of Many” a mistreated Mexican immigrant finds her voice in activism on behalf of domestic laborers.
First-time filmmaker Angela Gorsica Alford of Raleigh, North Carolina followed a fiercely competitive basketball team made up of women in their 70s in her film, “Granny’s Got Game.” The Fabulous Seventies have been shooting hoops together for almost 20 years. “I went into it thinking they were all going to be genetic anomalies, there’s no way you can still be playing at age 75,” says Alford in an interview on the Girls Inc. “Strong, Smart, and Bold Voices” radio show. “But that isn’t true…because it gets a little rough, no matter your age, out there on the court. But they’ve also battled things like breast cancer and losing husbands. And after spending so many years together, they’ve really become a support system [for each other].” The full radio interview will air Wednesday, October 30th at 11am on 101.5FM; podcasts of past shows and an earlier interview with a filmmaker can be accessed on the Girls Inc. website, girlsincofsantafe.org/strong-smart-and-bold-voices.
LUNAFEST is produced annually by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®. The women-focused short films are made available to organizations around the country that support or empower women. As a non-profit that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold through hands-on educational enrichment programs, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe is well positioned to be the local LUNAFEST host and beneficiary. Proceeds from film tickets and the accompanying Red Carpet Reception and silent auction support sliding-scale tuition scholarships for girls ages 5-18 in Girls Inc. after school and camp programs; part of the evening’s proceeds are a donation to the Breast Cancer Fund.
This is the second year that Girls Inc. has hosted LUNAFEST: Santa Fe. The pre-festival kick-off week includes four “Dine Out Days.” Local restaurants Andiamo! (on Monday, November 4th); TerraCotta Wine Bistro (Wednesday, November 6th) will donate a portion of that day’s proceeds to Girls Inc. as a “whet your appetite” lead-in to Saturday evening’s film festival.
Tickets for the short film screening and Red Carpet Reception can be purchased on the Girls Inc. website girlsincofsantafe.org/get-involved/lunafest or over the phone 505-982-2042; subject to availability, tickets will also be sold at the door.
What: traveling festival of women-inspired short films
Who: Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and LUNA Nutrition Bars
When: Saturday, November 9th
Where: Santa Fe University of Art and Design: Southwest Annex (reception), the Forum (films)
Why: Fundraiser for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe & the Breast Cancer Fund
Cost: $35 for Red Carpet Reception, silent auction, and films; $25, films only
About Girls Inc. of Santa Fe:
Since 1955, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe has been a strong advocate for the changing needs of girls and young women in Santa Fe. Girls Inc. is THE positive youth development and risk prevention organization for girls across the economic spectrum. The organization’s mission is inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold; their vision is empowered girls and women in an equitable society. Through hands-on educational enrichment programs, the Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated, and independent adults. After school, spring break, summer camp, and outreach programs help girls develop critical thinking and leadership; encourage girls to stay in school; and give girls tools to manage peer pressure and to make healthy, responsible choices. www.girlsincofsantafe.org 505-982-2042.